On July 15, 1606, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born in Leiden, Dutch Republic (now the Netherlands). Rembrandt, the son of a miller, gained fame as a painter and etcher. His series of self-portraits and innovative use of muted light have made Rembrandt one of the leading “Old Masters” of European art.

Rembrandt painted at a pivotal period in European society. For one of the first times in history, large group portraits were not only commissioned by churches and the clasaristocracy. The growing Dutch merchant class was beautifully depicted in such Rembrandt works as "The Syndics of the Draper’s Guild" (where well-dressed men inspect dyed cloth), "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp" (showing a group listening to a lecture around a corpse), and, most famously, "The Night Watch," in which a militia group marches past onlookers.

acknowledge
Verb

to recognize the truth or existence of something.

aristocracy
Noun

elite group of people based on wealth or social status.

class
Noun

set of data falling within specific limits or boundaries.

commission
Verb

to formally order or give permission to work.

corpse
Noun

dead body.

depict
Verb

to represent or draw.

innovate
Verb

to invent or introduce something new.

merchant
Noun

person who sells goods and services.

militia
Noun

group of armed, ordinary citizens who are called up for emergencies and are not full-time soldiers.

render
Verb

to convert animal fats, such as lard or blubber, into an oil by heating it over a low temperature.

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