Self-portrait (1669) by Rembrandt van Rinj (1606–69), Rembrandt, Italy, Italy (Photo courtesy of the National Gallery)
Self-portrait (1669) by Rembrandt van Rinj (1606–69)

The greatest painter in Dutch history, master of the incisive, psychologically penetrating oil portrait

Self-portrait at the Age of 34 (1660) by Rembrandt van Rinj (1606–69), Rembrandt, Italy, Italy. (Photo courtesy of the National Gallery)

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–69) is not only one of the most important painters in Dutch history, but one of the greatest artist in European history, a master of chiaroscuro (playing with light and darkness) and making psychologically penetrating portraits.

But Rembrandt was far more than just a noted portraitist and master of oil paints. He was equally adept at landscapes, biblical and historical paintings, genre works—and he was among the finest draughtsmen (drawing) and etchers in Western art history.

He was especially lucky to come of age during the Dutch Golden Age, providing plenty of wealthy patrons to pay for his paintings.

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  • Self-portrait (1669) by Rembrandt van Rinj (1606–69), Rembrandt, Italy (Photo courtesy of the National Gallery)
  • Self-portrait at the Age of 34 (1660) by Rembrandt van Rinj (1606–69), Rembrandt, Italy (Photo courtesy of the National Gallery)

Selected works by Rembrandt in Italy


Portrait of a Young Woman (1632) by Rembrandt in the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Where to find works by Rembrandt in Italy

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"The Birth of Venus" (1484–85) by Sandro Botticelli (Photo Public Domain)
Uffizi
Florence: Centro Storico

Visiting the Gallerie degli Uffizi is like taking Renaissance 101: A smorgasbord of paintings by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and Botticelli—including his iconic "Birth of Venus"

 
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Niobids (Photo by Михаил Бернгардт)
Uffizi 3rd floor 2nd corridor
Florence: Centro Storico

Visiting the Gallerie degli Uffizi is like taking Renaissance 101: A smorgasbord of paintings by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and Botticelli—including his iconic "Birth of Venus"

 
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St. Mark Preaching in Alexandria (1504–07) by Gentile and Giovanni Bellini in Room 8 (Photo by SunOfErat)

Milan's Brera is one of the top painting galleries in Northern Italy, with works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Mantegna, Bellini, and Piero della Francesca

 
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"Venus of Urbino" (1538) by Titian (Photo Public Domain)
Uffizi 2nd floor
Florence: Centro Storico

Visiting the Gallerie degli Uffizi is like taking Renaissance 101: A smorgasbord of paintings by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and Botticelli—including his iconic "Birth of Venus"