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The Inside Story Behind Rembrandt’s 8 Amazing Millennium Etchings

Even centuries after his lifetime, Rembrandt’s etchings are still considered some of the finest examples of the medium. His innovations to the art of etching would go on to influence Goya, Picasso, Chagall, and generations of artists to come. Following Rembrandt’s passing in 1669, his remaining copper etching plates virtually stayed intact as they passed from collector to collector until 1993 when a sale at the London Original Print Fair dispersed the plates around the globe. The UK Independent,...

How 8 of Rembrandt’s Original Etching Plates Changed Hands for Over 300 Years

In the popular musical “Hamilton,” George Washington reminds the audience that no one has any control over “who lives / who dies / who tells your story.” That can be especially true for artists who, at the end of their lives, leave behind all of their artwork and often thousands of sketches, rough drafts, and works in progress. For some artists—particularly classical artists who lived before the era of estate planning and copyright law—their artistic legacy can often depend on whoever ends up wi...

How Rembrandt van Rijn Changed the Art of Etching Forever

https://youtu.be/vxkykY2BhmQ Rembrandt van Rijn’s name is synonymous with fine art and a mastery of technique, but few realize that his impact on the art world has more to do with printmaking than his skills with a brush. Sure, his world-famous paintings like “The Night Watch” and “The Return of the Prodigal Son" will forever be studied and admired, but it was Rembrandt’s remarkable innovations in the field of printmaking—specifically, etching—that helped immortalize him. THE ORIGINS OF ETCHINGS...

Behind the Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn

Nearly 400 years ago, Dutch visionary Rembrandt van Rijn famously wrote: “Choose only one master—nature.” True to his muse, Rembrandt’s magnitude continues to puzzle those in its presence. There are arguably few other artists who embody a talent so vast and incomprehensible, earthly, yet simultaneously immortal. As a tribute to his significance, the notable Spanish court painter Francisco Goya would later revise Rembrandt’s statement to say:  “I have had three masters—nature, [Diego] Velázquez,...