The Feast of Belshazzar

The Feast of Belshazzar (1635), Rembrandt

The Feast of Belshazzar c. 1635 ; Oil on canvas, 167 x 209 cm; National Gallery, London

Rembrandt HARMENSZOON VAN RIJN (b. July 15, 1606, Leiden, Neth.--d. Oct. 4, 1669, Amsterdam), Dutch painter, draftsman, and etcher of the 17th century, a giant in the history of art. His paintings are characterized by luxuriant brushwork, rich colour, and a mastery of chiaroscuro. Numerous portraits and self-portraits exhibit a profound penetration of character. His drawings constitute a vivid record of contemporary Amsterdam life.