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“The Artist in his Studio” by Rembrandt

"The Artist in his Studio" by Rembrandt

“The Artist in his Studio” by Rembrandt

“The Artist in his Studio” by Rembrandt depicts the artist’s workshop, at the moment of confrontation between the artist and his canvas.

The easel assumes monumental dimensions, casting a shadow on the door. The canvas depicted in the painting is significantly larger than the actual canvas of this painting.

The artist wearing a wide-brimmed hat and smock, and the canvas are the subject in the picture. The large panel on the easel has its back turned towards the viewer.

The theme of the artist in his studio was a popular one in seventeenth-century Dutch art. In contrast to most Dutch artists, Rembrandt depicts a bare room with the plaster cracked and peeling from its walls.


Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 – 1669) was a Dutch painter and printmaker. He was an innovative and prolific master and one of the greatest visual artists in art history and the most important in Dutch art history.

Rembrandt’s works depict a wide range of style and subject matter, from portraits to landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical and historical scenes, and biblical and mythological themes.

His contributions came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age. It was a time when Dutch art was extraordinarily prolific and innovative and gave rise to important new genres.

“The Artist in his Studio” by Rembrandt

  • Title:                    The Artist in his Studio
  • Artist:                   Rembrandt
  • Year:                    1628
  • Medium:              oil on panel
  • Dimensions:         Height: 24.8 cm (9.7 in); Width: 31.7 cm (12.4 in)
  • Museum:              Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


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“Every artist was first an amateur.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Photo Credit: 1) Gerrit Dou / Public domain via Wikimedia Commons; Barent Fabritius / Public domain; François Boucher / Public domain; Rembrandt / Public domain; Adriaen van Ostade / Public domain; Catharina van Hemessen / Public domain

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