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THE REMBRANDT VAN RIJN ABRIDGED BIOGRAPHY
RETURN TO AMSTERDAM 1631, CHAPTER VII

 

"The masterpieces he painted during this period established him even more profoundly as one of the greatest artists of his century."

Because he was travelling to Amsterdam so regularly and because his business was flourishing there, in 1631 Rembrandt again made this city his home. The commissions flowed to his door, and he found it almost impossible to meet the demand. As a consequence, he began to be more involved in management of his studio than in artistry. Rembrandt was so busy he lost the time to experiment. His art did not exhibit great variety and became rather predicable. Still, his greatness was being readily appreciated, and his popularity was impressively increasing. However, this focus on business rather than art was to hurt him later years as he became regarded as old fashioned.
    In 1634 Rembrandt married Saskia van Uylenburgh, the lovely cousin of a successful art dealer. Although many portraits of Saskia exist with either the signature or monogramme of Rembrandt, few are by his hand.
    Rembrandt’s marriage to Saskia was a great enhancement to his career. Saskia introduced Rembrandt to wealthy patrons who eagerly commissioned portraits and paintings. An exceptionally fine example of a work from this period is the 1632,
The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Tulp, (Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen ,Mauritshuis, The Hague).
    At this same time, Rembrandt experimented with mythological, dramatic and religious subjects. His success was overwhelming, and he received many requests for such works. The masterpieces he painted during this period established him even more profoundly as one of the greatest artists of his century. A stunning example of the excellence Rembrandt captured during this period is the 1632
The Young Christ in the Temple (Royal Trust, Switzerland) and the 1635 Abraham’s Sacrifice (The Hermitage Museum, Leningrad). Lastman’s influence on Rembrandt is again expressed in this picture. The master inter-relates life-sized figures within the setting of a landscape.
 

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