A Rembrandt is a must-have in any personal collection – he was one of the greatest painters and printmakers in Europe, and the most significant in Dutch history.
If you love detailed paintings, Belshazzar’s Feast is a great example. The artist used distinctive features on the main character – from his gold and silver costume, to the chains and turban as adornments. The supporting characters lack the same extravagance, but the details on their clothing and headpieces and the objects on the table contribute to the story.
This a great conversation piece especially among art lovers who are fascinated by paintings that tell a story and convey emotions.
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp
The scene depicts Dr. Nicolaes Tulp explaining the muscles of the arm in a glimpse of early modern medicine
Anatomy lessons were quite fashionable at the time. The body would have belonged to a criminal, and public dissections took place once a year at the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons
The detail and expressions are captivating. It reminds of a modern photo, and in fact the people in the painting probably paid to be included in the selfie (with the exception of the corpse, of course )
The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Despite its fame and importance, the painting is still missing from a 1990 theft
The museum still displays the empty frame. So when you hang your copy at home, you can spin a really good yarn!
There is a $5 million reward for the original