The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Over de Rijn
Saturday will be Rembrandt van Rijn's 400th anniversary of his birth. RVR is not only one of the greatest artists of all time, he is one of the greatest Christian artists of all time: even though his Christianity is difficult to classify and his life choices were not always the best. (Maybe he was a 17th century version of Bono?)

RVR is perhaps the most gifted artist of all time in depicting the inner psychology of his sitters. But he was also a master technician and had astonishing versatility as an artist, excelling in oil, drawing and etching/drypoint.

I especially like his landscapes, which are a tiny part of his oevre. Here are two examples: a virtuosic etching and a deceptively simple drawing.