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Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch painter, draftsman, and printmaker
Noted as one of the most popular and influential artists of his period. His work is characterized by the Baroque interest in dramatic scenes and strong contrasts of light on a dark stage. The subjects of his works include portraits, landscapes, figures, animals, an scenes of biblical and secular history and mythology. He was very prolific, producing paintings, etchings, and drawings: Rembrandt executed about 400 paintings, over 1000 drawings, and around 300 etchings.