"And a Rembrandt"

Self Portrait 1630
Public DomainSelf Portrait 1630 - Credit: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
 Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was a highly renowned Dutch painter and etcher.  He was active during a period of great wealth and cultural achievement in The Netherlands, referred to as the Dutch Golden Age. 

He achieved youthful success as a portrait painter. His later years were however marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. But his work was very popular throughout his lifetime, and he was highly esteemed as an artist.  Because of his empathy for the human condition, he has been called "one of the great prophets of civilization.”