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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is known as one of the most influential painters of his time because of his original style of painting Though he faced many tragedies in his life he managed to create some of the most exquisite works of his era He is known for incredible use of chiaroscuro in his works His pieces also contain a subtle darkness that manages to captivate the human soul Rembrandts life believe it or not was not one to be desired He was born on July 15 1606 in Leiden His father was a poor miller Though they did not have much they made sure that their son would get a good education so they sent him to the Latin School He attended there until he turned fourteen when he decided to go to Leiden University After a short stay there he left to pursue his study of art He first studied with Jacob van Swanenburch and later with Pieter Lastman a famous historical painter in Amsterdam It took only six months for Rembrandt to master the arts from Lastman and he then returned to Leiden Though he was only twenty- two years old he began to receive his own pupils Rembrandt was an accomplished student of the arts which enabled him to achieve so much at a young age In 1631 Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam where he was married to Saskia van Uylenburgh in 1634 She was related to a wealthy art dealer which helped Rembrandts career tremendously By 1641 Saskia had given birth to four children but only one Titus had survived Unfortunately the year after that she passed away Saskias death marked a decline in events in Rembrandts life Though he re-married in 1649 to Hendrickje Stoffels he was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1656 Though this was a low point in his life Rembrandt managed to create some of his best works such as The Jewish Bride Jacob Blessing the
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