Beverley Craven is British but originally from Ceylon and she is most famous for this hit single “Promise Me” thus, she was an accomplished swimmer and musician as a young adult!
Rembrandt is possibly the most important Dutch artist of all time, and a huge part of the Dutch Golden Age; thus, he was famous for his self portraits without vanity, and clearly had knowledge of what has become iconography – using text, people and his own composition!
Sadly, Rembrandt’s first three children died at very young ages with only his fourth surviving to adulthood.
Rembrandt collected and traded in art himself. Living beyond his means he went bankrupt having to sell his house and his printing press. The Painters Guild then outlawed painters trading in art, so some friends of his set themselves up in business as art dealers and hired Rembrandt as an employee to get round this new rule.
He wanted to achieve through his work the greatest and most natural movement, melding the earthly and spiritual like no other painter has in Western art.
Wife Saskia, son Titus and the common law wife (after Saskia died in another tragedy effecting Rembrandt) all featured in his paintings, many of which had mythical, biblical or historical themes.
Also part of the Baroque movement, Rembrandt is famous for at least five magnificent paintings:
- Danaë is from Greek mythology, she is the mother of Perseus and is welcoming Zeus who impregnated her with gold and this is one big painting which resides in Russia;
- Jacob de Gheyn III was a Dutch engraver who helped design the Royal Gardens in the Hague. The painting being so small, has been stolen numerous times and is part of a pair. It seems to have a big connection with South London, having been pinched from the Dulwich Picture Gallery and also it was found under a bench in a graveyard in Streatham. In fact Jacob has been reported stolen more than any other painting;
- The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp was painted in 1632 and it is an oil painting of a dead armed robber, who had just been executed. This lecture room was an actual theatre and people would pay an entrance fee to see the show just like it were a play;
- Belshazzar’s Feast was painted approximately in 1635. It was inspired by “writing on the wall” from the Old Testament Book of Daniel;
- Night Watch is perhaps Rembrandt’s most famous masterpiece because its use of light and shadow plus the perception of motion in a static military portrait;
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn had a large workshop with many pupils and the biggest collection of his work is in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.