The Young Painter, Rembrandt

The Young Painter, Rembrandt
The Young Painter, Rembrandt

During the Middle Ages socially there was no difference between a shoemaker, a painter or a stonemason. under the guild system, all of them worked with their hands and therefore, all these trades were destined for people of lower social class and it was unthinkable that a nobleman would dedicate himself, for example, to painting. It was in the Renaissance when painting began to have a new category, artists were no longer mere craftsmen, but behind their work there was a deep study of perspective, mathematics, anatomy etc. Already in the Baroque, the social condition of the artists followed the same pattern as in the Renaissance and the painters had a great social recognition.

The work we are analyzing here is en titled The young artist in his studio and is a work by Rembrandt, one of the most recognized painters not only in the Baroque but also in the history of painting. Rembrandt (1606 -1669) is one of the most famous baroque painters. His painting was much admired in life and enjoyed great recognition, and yet in the last years of his life personal tragedy hung over the artist. On this occasion we analyze a painting made in oil on canvas, in a horizontal format and small dimensions that barely measure about thirty-two centimeters wide and twenty-five high. The work is exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA.


The artist has submittedan intimate scene, a young painter appears in the distance looking at the canvas of his work, which has its back to the viewer and does not allow us to see anything on it. The artist is not working, but is away from the canvas, looking at it reflectively in an exercise shows that the art of painting is not only manual skill but also intellectual.

The room is empty and devoid of any type of decoration, something that seems strange in a painter's workshop always full of canvases and works to be finished. The diagonal position of the painter with the canvas speaks to us of a well-studied perspective and Rembrandt's great command of space.

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