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Aristotle with a Bust of Homer.

This piece of art work is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

It was painted in 1653 on canvas with oil.


Chiaroscuro is a style in which you use dark areas and light ones to create a point of interest or focus and add depth to a photo. As seen in his painting of Aristotle, Rembrandt painted the areas around Aristotle fairly dark and Aristotle himself or his clothing lighter to draw attention to him.

The Life of Rembrandt

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn was born on the 165th of July 1606 in Leiden, Netherlands. Born to Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn and Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuytbrouck, he was their ninth child.
He went to Latin school and the Leiden university.
In 1631 he moved to Amsterdam and three years later he married Saskia van Uylenburg.
During his eight years of marriage with her they had four children only one of which made it into adulthood.
After the death of his wife, Rembrandt had a affair with two other women, neither of which went to well.
Outliving both his third wife and his son, Rembrandt died on October 4th, 1669, in Amsterdam.


1606 Born Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn on 15 July in Leiden

1620 Enrolled at the University of Leiden

1624 Studies under Jacob Isaacszoon van Swanenburgh and Pieter Lastman

1631 Moved to Amsterdam

1634 Becomes a member of the Guild of St. Luke

1634 Marries Saskia van Uylenburgh

1635 Over the next 6 years, 3 of the 4 children born to Saskia and Rembrandt die, only Titus survives

1642 Saskia dies

1649 Engages Hendrickje Stoffels as housekeeper (she eventually becomes his common-law wife)

1656 Declares bankruptcy

1657 Moves to Roozengracht where he lives with friends

1660 Hendrickje and Titus set up an art-dealing business in order to provide Rembrandt with protection against his creditors

1663 Hendrichje dies

1668 Son Titus dies, Rembrandt moves in with daughter-in-law Magdalena van Loo

1669 Dies 4 October in Amsterdam