Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn AKA Rembrandt
The Prodigal Son in the Tavern, Rembrandt and Saskia
Portrait of a Young Girl
Yes, this is a very non-forgiving face of young Hendrickje,.... Rembrandt's mistress,.. who was stowed away in his house living as a chamber maid to help his house keeper, only very light duty. You can see the guilt on her face,... the sorrowfulness,.. the suicidal and crying eye look that doesn't really become her,... but yet tells us part of the full story that Rembrandt has left the world to see in his works of art with their own eyes,... if ever the people were able to learn to see on their own.
Portrait of a Family
In New York alone, US Customs records show that 9,482 Rembrandts were imported in the US between 1800 and 1850. By 1860, between Europe and the US, perhaps as many as 15,000 collectors and institutions believed they owned an original and authentic Rembrandt painting. Eventually, some art scholars went to work and by the late 1800s the list of authentic Rembrandts stood at around 1,000. Then, Valentiner reduced it to 690. Abraham Bredius went over all the Rembrandts again and by 1935 we were down to 639. Gerson continued cleaning up and arrived at a reduced total of 419 authentic Rembrandt paintings in 1968. Now we have a Simple Simon working on killing some of his other assumed gregarious ones.
Man in a Gold Helmet
Bathsheba with King David’s Letter
La Main Chaude
SASKIA'S FAREWELL TO REMBRANDTRembrandt, Oh how I've loved you so-
You painted me on canvas to make me look so beautiful
You promised to love and cherish me
and that I'd always be your honey,
but deep down inside my heart,... I felt it was all for money.
My parents were rich and famous, you knew that would bring you status and fame.
You changed my name from van Uylenburgh to van Rijn, never to be changed again.
I've had four of your children 1635-41,
now only poor Titus survives, the other three died so very young...
Now, I lie here dying myself, can't breath, some unknown disease,
Doctor van Loon checks on me, he brings me medicines to help me sleep.
He tells me how beautiful I am at 29,
Don't worry my dear, you look better today, surely you will be fine.
But,... I could tell by the look that was in his eyes,
he was just trying to comfort me -- with his little white lies.
I know that I am dying,... and it will probably be soon,
I know that I cannot be helped,... not even by Doctor Van Loon.
I feel I've been slowly poisoned by you my dear, your mistress, the housekeeper, too.
I can see it,... it's in you paintings,... also in the drawings and etchings you do.
You haven't given me much credit,... you've always thought that you were smarter than I.
Well, I have a little surprise for you my dear,...You will receive it after I die.
I still love you Rembrandt -- SaskiaArt Experts, Inc