Rembrandt van Rijn is a Dutch painter. He was born in 1606 in Leiden in the south of the Netherlands. He is considered one of Europe’s greatest painters.
As a young boy he worked as a painter’s apprentice, or trainee. This is where he developed his artistic skills. He quickly learned to paint religious and historical scenes.
In the 1630s, Rembrandt gained fame as a portrait artist. In 1642 he painted The Night Watch. This is considered his most important painting. During his lifetime he produced over 600 paintings, 300 etchings, 2,000 drawings, and almost a 100 portraits.
As well as a famous and respect painter, Rembrandt taught about 50 student painters.