Serving as the forefather of the Dutch printmaking Renaissance, Rembrandt van Rijn is many art collectors favorite Old Master. More widely known for his stunning, and now priceless, paintings that are featured in museums all over the world, Rembrandt's etchings and engravings are highly underrated. They are a true testament to Rembrandt's range as an artist and also printmaker, having been able to translate his mastery of light and playfulness with shadow with all of his prints featured at Masterworks
"Many people are surprised to learn that Rembrandt's etchings, not his paintings, were responsible for the international reputation he enjoyed during his lifetime," says Kahren Jones Arbitman of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. "The extraordinarily high regard Rembrandt's contemporaries had for his etchings was understandable, for in less than four decades he had pushed the relatively new medium to its expressive limits. While later printmakers tried to coax more from their etchings by altering the process, attacking the plate with new tools, and printing on unexpected surfaces, no one ever achieved greater results than Rembrandt attained with a simple etching needle and copper plates."