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  "Return of the Prodigal Son" by Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn
"Return of the Prodigal Son"
"Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn
"Storm on the Sea of Galilee"

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Rembrandt van Rijn
Self-Portrait Leaning
on a Stone Sill
1639, National Gallery of Art

Rembrandt never visited Italy but by the time he left his native Leyden to settle in Amsterdam in 1631, he had already been exposed to the latest developments in Baroque painting. The Dutch followers of Caravaggio had ensured that the thunderous use of light and shade and dramatic figures filling the picture surface had become familiar, as had the fluid, vigorous brushwork of Rubens and the thirst for grand, painterly illusions. Like Rubens, Rembrandt would have noted that Titian in his late work had gone in search of more reflective moods and discovered a new and glorious freedom in his brushstrokes. [Read Full Biography]