Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-69) was born in Leyden, Holland the son of a miller. Famous for his paintings, self-portraits, biblical subjects and contemporary subjects such as `The Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq` (better known as `The Nightwatch`). He is also well known for his supreme draughtmanship and his large output of etchings.

`I envy the poet. He is encouraged towards drunkenness and wallows with nubile wenches while the painter must endure wretchedness and pain for his art. `

`Old age is a hindrance to creativity but cannot crush my youthful spirit.`

`Choose only one master - Nature.` Rembrandt.