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Rembrandt a Religious Painter The beauty of the images moves me to contemplation as a meadow delights the eyes an subtly infuses the soul with the glory of God CCC 1162 found on Art as a form o Christian Meditation httplandrui-link-2netshnyvesArtinMeditationhtml Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born on July 15 of the year 1606 in the university city of Leiden His family was Catholic although his father was the only member of his family who converted from Catholicism to Calvinism in the late 16th century His parents had 9 children Rembrandt being the second youngest At the age of seven he was sent to the Leiden Latin School to prepare for the university as his brothers were sent out to learn a trade This suggests that at an early age Rembrandt showed a more than average intelligence and that his parents were willing to educate him for a profession very likely as a city administrator The new Encyclopedia Britannica 1974 Rembrandt left the Latin School at 14 he was very well trained in classical literature and a well-trained Latinist Rembrandt then went to Leiden University were he found that his true love was for painting His parents then removed him from the University and had him sent to a painter Mr Jacob Isaacxsz van Swanenburch After three years with the painter his father took him to Amsterdam to the painter Pieter Lastman where he became an apprentice His parents did this because Rembrandt showed more a liking in drawing and painting historical and biblical scenes and images and there was no painter in Leiden who was proficient in religious subjects 1624 Six months further education at Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam perhaps also for a short while at Jacob Pynas Rembrandts Life- His Biography httpwwwscreendesignderemfushtm Rembrandt then returned to Leiden to become an independent painter He then moved to Amsterdam and was paid high commissions to paint portraits Rembrandt met
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