Rembrandt (van Rijn) ( 1606-1669) Origin : Netherlands
Dutch baroque printmaker, painter and graphic artist. Born in Leiden, Rembrandt was one of the artistic geniuses of the West. He was a very active artist, and his work is multi-faceted. He left about 600 paintings and thousands of drawings and prints. Unlike his contemporaries, Rembrandt painted many different themes – portraits, religious and allegorical themes, landscapes, and genre paintings, among them images of the Jews who lived in the ghetto near his home. He showed complete control of color, light and shadow, the intricacies of expression and movement, and a deep understanding of humanity.
On the outskirts of a city, under a dark sky, David, armed with a sheathed sword for his flight, is bent in sadness as the older Jonathan, standing erect and wearing the turban of a prince, comforts him.
Oil on panel | 73 x 61.5
Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Date : 1642