Today we will discuss a Dutch painter with a famous name. He is Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. He lived in the 1600's and is described on the title page of his biography simply as "a painter and etcher of some renown." Even though he's introduced with such underwhelming line, it seems that he was important enough to merit a 570-page biography with lots of illustrations.
This photograph comes from the book "The Life and Times of Rembrandt van Rijn." The book was published in 1930, but it really took a long time to be finished. The original author started working on the book way back in the 1600's. Work was interrupted for a few centuries until the author's great-great grandson nine times removed picked up the thread again and brought the book to light. Well, here it is. Any living relatives out there? I'll be happy to share some more details with you.