Rembrandt van Rijn Jan Uytenbogaert (the Goldweigher)

Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn
Medium: Original etching and drypoint on laid paper
Title: Jan Uytenbogaert (the Goldweigher)
Year: 1634
Framed Size: 16 3/4" x 14 3/4"
Reference: B., Holl. 281, H. 167
Signed: In the plate


Rembrandt van Rijn Jan Uytenbogaert (the Goldweigher)

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Rembrandt van Rijn was born July 15, 1606 to successful parents in Leiden, the Dutch Republic (now the Netherlands). Leiden was and remains a college town, and though Rembrandt studied briefly at its university, he had artistic inclinations. Artistic training in Rembrandt's time was similar to that of a carpenter or mason: there were no formal schools for artists as there are today, but apprenticeships in a studio under a more experienced, established artist. Rembrandt apprenticed for three years with Jacob van Swanenburgh, and for half a year with Pieter Lastman. Sometime between 1624 and 1625, he established his own studio in Leiden, and in 1631 moved to Amsterdam.

Rembrandt was a prolific artist who produced, perhaps, about 300 paintings, 300 prints, and over 2,000 drawings. From 1626 to 1660 (when he was forced to sell his printing press), Rembrandt produced numerous etchings, aquatints, and drypoints. Though he knew how to engrave with a burin, the nature of etching as a medium allowed him to achieve intricate line and fine details in his works. Many of his best-known etchings were of religious subjects, including the Crucifixion from about 1653 and the Hundred-Guilder Print from about 1647-1649. Despite his success, Rembrandt also lived beyond his means, experiencing financial difficulties later in life. In 1656, he was forced to sell his own art collection, and in 1660, his house. He died October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam.