Author/Illustrator: Mike Venezia

Rembrandt van Rijn was a painter who lived in Holland during the 1600s. Some consider him the most influential painter of the Renaissance. He might even have been one of the greatest artists ever. But how much do you really know about Rembrandt and his work?

Ever since I was in grade school, I’ve enjoyed and admired Mike Venezia’s “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists” books, including Rembrandt. In this book, Venezia presents Rembrandt van Rijn’s story and art in an open, accessible way that’s really refreshing. The text is simple, light, and fun, yet presents the most important information about the artist, his times and country, and his works in a way that you don’t even realize you’re learning (plus it’s only about 30 pages long, and can easily be read in one sitting). Venezia uses humorous comics to punctuate certain points, to great effect. Interspersed with these are actual samples of Rembrandt’s work, carefully chosen to both be interesting and clearly show what made his paintings important to the world of art–as well as tying them in with his historical and personal context. Rembrandt is a fun, fascinating way to learn about this great artist–one that is accessible for both children and adults alike!


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