1606 Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn is born in July, the son of a miller in Leiden.

1620 He enrolls at Leiden University at the age of 14.

1622 Starts a three year apprenticeship with the painter Jacob Isaacz van Swanenburgh.

1625 He spends about six months in Amsterdam studying with Pieter Lastman.  Then returns to Leiden to establish himself as an independent artist .

1628 Rembrandt takes on his first pupil – the 14-year-old Gerrit Dou.

1631 Moves to Amsterdam – lives with the art dealer Hendrick van Uylenburgh.

1634 Marries Saskia van Uylenburgh, Hendrick’s niece.

1639 Now an acclaimed artist, Rembrandt buys the house next door to Hendrick van Uylenburgh for 13,000 guilders.

1641 Rembrandt and Saskia’s son Titus is born.

1642 Rembrandt finishes The Night Watch. Saskia dies of tuberculosis. Geertje Dircz is employed as a nurse for Titus, soon becoming Rembrandt’s mistress.

c1647 A new servant, Hendrickje Stoffels is employed and replaces Geertje as his mistress.

1649 Geertje sues Rembrandt for breach of a promise to marry her.

1650 Rembrandt instigates legal proceedings which end with Geertje being committed to a house of correction in Gouda.

1654 Hendrickje gives birth out of wedlock to a daughter, Cornelia.

1656 Rembrandt declares himself insolvent. An inventory of his belongings and art collection is made.

1658 His collection and house are auctioned.

1660 Employed by a business in the joint names of Hendrickje and Titus.

1663 Hendrickje dies.

1668 Titus marries in February but dies in September leaving a pregnant wife.

1669 Titus’s daughter Titia is born. Rembrandt dies and is buried in a rented grave in the Westerkirk.


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Rembrandt - Selected Works

1627 The Parable of the Rich Man, Berlin, Staatliche Museen

1628 The Artist in his Studio, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

1628 Self Portrait, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

1629 The Artist’s Mother, Windsor, Royal Collection

1629 Self Portrait with Lace Collar, The Hague, Mauritshuis

c1630 Self Portrait as a young man, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

1631 Old Man with a Gold Chain, Chicago, Art Institute

1632 The Meditating Philosopher, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1632 The Rape of Europa, Malibu, J Paul Getty Museum

1632 The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, The Hague, Mauritshuis

1633 Portrait of the Young Saskia, Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

1634 Saskia as Flora, Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1634 Abraham and Isaac, Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1634 Descent from the Cross, Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1635 Saskia van Llylenburgh in Arcadian Costume, London, National Gallery

1635 The Sacrifice of Abraham, Munich, Alte Pinakothek

1635 The Rape of Ganymede, Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

1636 The Blinding of Samson, Frankfurt, Städelsches Kunstinstitut

1638 Belshazzar's Feast, London, National Gallery

1640 Self Portrait at the Age of 34, London, National Gallery

1642 The Night Watch (The Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq), Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

1644 The Woman taken in Adultery, London, National Gallery

1645 Girl at a Window, London, Dulwich Picture Gallery

1636-47 Danaë, St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1650 Man in a Golden Helmet, Berlin, Staatliche Museen

1654 Hendrickje Stoffels bathing in a Stream, London, National Gallery

1654 Bathsheba at the Bath, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1654 Aristotle with the Bust of Homer, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1655 The Flayed Ox (The Carcass of Beef), Paris, Musée du Louvre

1655 The Polish Rider, New York, Frick Collection

1657 Portrait of the Artist’s son Titus, London, Wallace Collection

1657 Young Woman Trying on Earrings, Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1658 Self Portrait, New York, Frick Collection

1659 Portrait of Hendrickje Stofells, London, National Gallery

1661 Saint Batholomew, Malibu, J Paul Getty Museum

1662 Sampling Officials of the Draper’s Guild, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

1665 Self Portrait with Two Circles, London, Kenwood House

1665 The Jewish Bride, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

1669 Self Portrait at the Age of 63, London, National Gallery

1669 The Return of the Prodigal Son, St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

Rembrandt - Featured Paintings

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