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List of famous Rembrandt History paintings, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. Rembrandt is revered by art enthusiasts everywhere, having created some of the most historic History paintings of all time. These popular Rembrandt History paintings have sold for up to a few hundred thousand dollars, so if you want an original in your home then you better start saving. Going to museums can be expensive and time consuming, so scroll through this list to see History paintings that Rembrandt created from the comfort of your own home. You can find additional information for these renowned Rembrandt History paintings by clicking the names of the pieces. Vote for your favorite items, including David and Uriah Jacob Wrestling with the Angel and more. This list answers the questions, "What are the most famous Rembrandt History paintings?" and "What are examples of Rembrandt History paintings?"
Ahasuerus and Haman at the Fea... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous History Paintings by Rembrandt
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The painting Ahasveros and Haman at the Feast of Esther is one of the few works of Rembrandt van Rijn whose complete provenance is known. The origin of the painting can be traced back to 1662, two years after its completion. ...more

Artist: Rembrandt

Subject: Haman, Ahasuerus, Esther

Genres (Art): History painting

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age

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Andromeda Chained to the Rocks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous History Paintings by Rembrandt
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Andromeda Chained to the Rocks was painted by Rembrandt in 1631, and is now in the Mauritshuis, in The Hague. Andromeda represents Rembrandt's first full length mythological female nude history painting and is taken from a story in Ovid's Metamorphoses. This story is about the daughter of an Ethiopian king who, as punishment for her mother's boasting, was chained to a rock to be sacrificed to a sea monster that was tormenting the Ethiopian people. Many artists such as Titian have depicted this story by showing Andromeda, her rescuer Perseus, and the sea monster all in the same composition. In this work, Rembrandt shies away from classical conventions by showing her not as a glamorous beauty ...more

Artist: Rembrandt

Subject: Andromeda

Genres (Art): History painting

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age, Baroque

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Belshazzar's Feast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous History Paintings by Rembrandt
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Belshazzar's Feast is a painting by Rembrandt which can be found in the The National Gallery, London. The painting is an attempt to establish Rembrandt as a painter of large, baroque history paintings. ...more

Artist: Rembrandt

Subject: Belshazzar

Genres (Art): History painting

Art Form: Painting

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Danaë is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous History Paintings by Rembrandt
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Danaë is Rembrandt's painting from the collection of Pierre Crozat which since the 18th century has resided in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. It is a life-sized depiction of the character Danaë from Greek mythology, the mother of Perseus. She is presumably depicted as welcoming Zeus, who impregnated her in the form of a shower of gold. Given that this is one of Rembrandt's most magnificent paintings, it is not out of the question that he cherished it, but it also may have been difficult to sell because of its eight-by-ten-foot size. Although the artist's wife Saskia was the original model for Danaë, Rembrandt later changed the figure's face to that of his mistress Geertje ...more

Artist: Rembrandt

Subject: Danaë

Genres (Art): History painting

Art Form: Painting

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