Rembrandt Self-Portrait, 1659, Housed at the Washington National Gallery of Art
Rembrandt was a Dutch baroque artist who ranks as one of the greatest painters in the history of Western art. He possessed a profound understanding of human nature matched only by a brilliant technique not only in painting but in drawing and etching as well. His work made an enormous impact on his contemporaries and influenced the style of many later artists. Perhaps no painter has ever equaled Rembrandt's chiaroscuro; a technique that uses light and shade or the arrangement of light and dark elements in paintings.
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