Friday, February 22, 2013

.The Palette of Rembrandt van Rijn @ZaidanGallery

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history.

 The range of color Rembrandt employed falls firmly within the mainstream of painting practice in Holland in the seventeenth century. His palette is entirely made up pigments that were widely available, and by that time well understood in their qualities and drawbacks. Seventeenth-century Holland was something of a center for the manufacture of artists' pigments on an industrial scale and the technologies required had evolved enough to have removed the uncertainties in the preparation of standard products. Large scale processes for the production of lead white, vermilion, smalt and lead-tin yellow, all of which are found frequently in Rembrandt's paintings, had reached an advanced degree of refinement and these pigments were available in both domestic and foreign markets...