The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp

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The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp

Rembrandt vanĀ Rijn
1632

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Rembrandt was only twenty-five when he was asked to paint the portraits of the Amsterdam surgeons. The painting was commissioned for the anatomy lesson given by Dr Nicolaes Tulp in January 1632.

Rembrandt portrayed the surgeons in action, and they are all looking at different things. Dynamism is added to the scene by the great contrasts between light and dark. In this group portrait, the young painter displayed his legendary technique and his great talent for painting lifelike portraits.

oil on canvas
169.5 x 216.5 cm.
Acquisition 1828