Rembrandt is the artist who is considered as one of the important personalities of the history of Dutch art. His artworks are known for its wide range of subjects and styles covered in them. The most important of Rembrandt’s artworks are displayed in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. There are also displays of his works in the Louvre Museum and other museums around the world.
Here are some of the most important paintings of Rembrandt, some of which you can find in the Rijksmuseum, on your Rijksmuseum guided tour.
The Night Watch
It is one of the most famous paintings of Rembrandt. It is in the name of this painting that Rembrandt is known around the world. It depicts a militia company. It was long believed that the painting was set as a night scene. However, a cleaning work that was done later in the1940s confirmed that the painting is set in daylight. The painting underwent a trimming, which led to the loss of some characters from the painting. This was done in the 18th century as part of a relocation process. Presently, the painting can be found in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
The Return of the Prodigal Son
This is the portrayal of a Biblical story. This is one among the works of Rembrandt, which he did during his last days. The painting depicts the prodigal son returning to the father and asking forgiveness for his sins. There are some figures other than the father and the son in the painting, and their identities are still unknown. There are many explanations from critics, as to who the elder son is, in the picture. The painting is now a part of the Western European Art Collection of the Hermitage Museum.
It is a painting that Rembrandt finished in 1636. It is one of the best nude paintings of Rembrandt. It is one of his masterpiece works. The painting depicts Danaë, who was the mother of Perseus according to Greek mythology. It is believed to depict Danaë welcoming Zeus, who approached her in golden rain form. The painting is presently in Saint Petersburg, at the Hermitage Museum.
Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph
This is another painting of Rembrandt portraying an instance from the Bible. However, there is a change in the portrayal by him from the narrative in the Bible. Rembrandt shows Jacob blessing only one son while in the Bible Jacob blessed two sons of Joseph together. Rembrandt had also painted Asenath, the wife of Joseph in the Bible. It will be a thrilling experience to watch the works of Rembrandt while on your Amsterdam tours.