Rembrandt is an immediately recognizable, household name because he was one of the most important painters and printmakers in Western art history. It is unknown exactly how many etchings Rembrandt made in his lifetime, but many modern scholars estimate around 400. Because of its rarity, age and historical significance, a previously undiscovered, original Rembrandt print would have an incredible value.
Rembrandt was born in Leiden, in the Netherlands. He moved to Amsterdam as a young man to pursue an artistic education and career. He was drawn to etching very early and even had his own collection of prints by famous artists who came before him, including Albrecht Dürer. Rembrandt took on a number of his own students and was a major influence on the generations of artists who would follow him.
The Three Trees
The Artist's Mother
Rembrandt’s preferred subject matter was Biblical themes, portraits and landscapes. He treated the printing plate like a canvas and was able to achieve startlingly realistic images by experimenting with various techniques and paper.
The Raising of Lazarus
Despite his remarkable talent, Rembrandt suffered financial hardship throughout most of his adult life. He died in Amsterdam in 1669 and was buried in a pauper’s grave.