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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt

Today marks the 415th anniversary of the birth of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

Image: Rembrandt van Rijn / Wikimedia Commons

The 17th century painter was born on July 15, 1606 in what is today the Netherlands. The ninth child born to Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn and Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuijtbrouck, Rembrandt showed an early talent for the arts. He trained as an artist under two masters before beginning to practice as a professional portrait artist himself. In his early years, he found success as a portrait painter, but his later years were marred by financial hardships and personal loss.

A prolific painter, Rembrandt produced hundreds of paintings, etchings, and drawings. He painted nearly a hundred self-portraits during his lifetime. Today, Rembrandt is remembered as one of the most important Dutch artists in history.

Explore Rembrandt’s family tree on Geni and discover how you’re related to the Dutch artist.

View Rembrandt’s Geni Profile

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