What Rembrandt Enjoyed Painting The Most

Regarded as Europe’s most distinguished painter, etcher and portraitist, Rembrandt’s genius lies beyond imagination and perception. He is one of the few artists who always managed to piece together works of art that could surpass the imagination of onlookers. Nonetheless, he still managed to send his subtle messages through works of art. Up to this day, his work inspires both imagination and marvel in the minds of his targeted audience.

A number of museums around the world feature countless paintings that were done by Rembrandt. Some museums have well over 1, 000 visual art works by the Dutch artist ranging from portraits to paintings and etches. Even though Rembrandt was technically a master of etching, painting and portrait works, he had a specific activity which he loved the most. Some art works by Rembrandt were mainly done for purposes of making money. There are specific art works that appealed to him based on how much he enjoyed doing them.

Based on how many pieces of work he came up with, it is safe to assert that Rembrandt enjoyed coming up with self-portraits, portraits, historical, mythological and biblical scenes. Each of these scenes has a lion share of his art works as depicted in the famous art museums around the world.

Rembrandt’s Attachment To Religion And History

Belshazzar’s Feast

Belshazzar’s Feast

Rembrandt also depicted a strong connection to religion in a number of his paintings. He derived his paintings from both the Old and New Testament of the bible. His major works in this area include The Stoning of St Stephen, Bathsheba at Her Bath, Belshazzar’s feast, Christ healing the Sick, Saul and David and the Prodigal Son in the Tarven. He also extended his art works to depicting historical scenes such as Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer, the Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis and the Night Watch.

Rembrandt And Portraits

Rembrandt Son Titus

Rembrandt Son Titus

Rembrandt had a unique love for portraits. In his lifetime, it actually hard to determine how many portraits he came up with. A good number of museums only feature a small fraction of the portraits that the Dutch genius brought on board. However, it is well known that Rembrandt had a lot of affection for portraits even during his early days as an artist. One of his most famous portraits depicts his first wife Saskia before she died. Rembrandt also managed to piece together an amazing portrait of his fourth son Titus prior to his death. Titus is the only one to have survived into adulthood. The first three sons of Rembrandt all died before they were barely a year old.

Rembrandt And Self-Portraits


One of Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait

Rembrandt also had a deep affection for self-portraits. This is one of the major reasons why he is set apart from his contemporaries who seemed to have valued other elements of their personal lives. He managed to come up with may self-portraits which have continued to inspire marvel up to this day. A good number of his mind staggering self-portraits are still present in most of the world-renowned museums in Europe and the US. Examples of self-portraits worth mentioning are The Prodigal Son in the Tavern, A Polish Nobleman and the Frick Collection which sum up his exceptional abilities to capture the minds of his audiences.