MONDAY - Rembrandt is one of the most well-known painters of all time. In fact, his name has become a definition for being a great artist. People sometimes say “He’s a real Rembrandt”, meaning that someone’s a good artist. Rembrandt’s full name is Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn, but he’s known as just Rembrandt. He was born and lived in the Netherlands during the 1600’s, which is known as the Dutch Golden Age.
YouTube Video - Rembrandt for Children, Meet the Artist (3:56 min.)
TUESDAY - Rembrandt was a deeply religious man and many of his paintings were from the Bible. Our painting of the week, The Return of the Prodigal Son, is from the Bible parable about a man’s son who left home, got in trouble, and returned home to his father with nothing. Prodigal means being wasteful and reckless. The scene in the painting is after the son has begged his father to forgive him. The loving father is forgiving the prodigal son and welcoming him home instead of being mad. A brother who is jealous over the way his father is celebrating this son's return stands to the side. Rembrandt has purposely brightened these three characters so they stand out more in the painting. The Return of the Prodigal Son was one of Rembrandt’s final works. The painting has touched many people with the love and tenderness it shows from the father and the complete repentence shown by the son.
Portrait by Rembrandt
Rembrandt - portrait of his father
WEDNESDAY - A portrait is a picture of a person. Rembrandt gained a reputation as a painter of portraits. Rembrandt’s technique of making his subjects’ faces brighter than their surroundings drew viewers’ attention to the people.
He painted many portraits for people and close to fifty self-portraits. A self-portrait is when a person paints themselves. Rembrandt is famous for all of his self-portraits throughout his life.
THURSDAY - Rembrandt developed a style in which much of the area in his paintings was dark and in shadows while the main subjects were highlighted in brighter light.
The Holy Family at Night by Rembrandt
Using much contrast between light and dark in an artwork is called chiaroscuro.
FRIDAY - Many of Rembrandt’s masterpieces
are based on stories or characters from the Bible, such as The Return of the
Prodigal Son.Rembrandt's religious paintings show much attention
to detail and emotion.
Arkansas Visual Arts Frameworks
VA.5.3.9 Experiment with value.
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