Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Reclining Female Nude’, 1658, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

plate: 3 3/16 × 6 1/4 in. (8.1 × 15.9 cm); sheet: 3 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (9.5 x 17.1 cm)

Image rights: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal

About Rembrandt van Rijn

A prolific painter, draftsman, and etcher, Rembrandt van Rijn is considered the greatest artist of Holland's Golden Age. He worked from direct observation, and despite the evolution of his style over the course of his career, Rembrandt’s compelling descriptions of light, space, atmosphere, modeling, texture, and human affect are the result of intense perceptual study. A prominent portraitist, Rembrandt is most famous for The Night Watch (1642), a monumental painting of militia guards that features Rembrandt’s distinctive use of chiaroscuro.

Dutch, 1606-1669, Leiden, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam and Leiden, Holland