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Clear all filters and show all artists connected to Rembrandt in any way.
Artists who substantially emulated the work of Rembrandt.
Artists who borrowed aspects of Rembrandt’s work to a (limited) degree.
Artists who competed with Rembrandt for artistic superiority and commissions.
Artists who helped Rembrandt with artistic projects.
Artists who impacted Rembrandt’s development as an artist.
Artists related to Rembrandt by blood.
Artists with whom Rembrandt maintained personal relationships and shared passions.
Artists who trained with and took lessons from Rembrandt.
Artists who lived and worked in Amsterdam at the same time as Rembrandt.
Artists who lived and worked in Leiden at the same time as Rembrandt.
Indicates the artists who were not active in either Amsterdam or Leiden during Rembrandt’s lifetime.
See artworks from The Bader Collection paired with related works from international collections, highlighting shared subjects and stylistic similarities within Rembrandt's artistic circle.
Learn more about other artists in The Bader Collection and their connections to Rembrandt.
Rembrandt’s Circle is an online interactive project developed by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, with the generous support of the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
Rembrandt’s Circle: A Network of Artists in The Bader Collection is an interactive network representing the relationships between Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn and over forty artists in The Bader Collection of European art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Many of the artists have a direct relationship to Rembrandt, as either a family member, friend, competitor, or as an assistant or student in his workshop. This circle of artists is further expanded by Rembrandt’s forerunners, followers of his style and others inspired by his art.
Here, these connections are brought to life, illustrating the discerning eye of Dr Alfred Bader. The Bader Collection is the most comprehensive collection of authenticated paintings by Rembrandt and his circle in any institution within Canada.
Degrees of connection between Rembrandt van Rijn and over forty artists in The Bader Collection are indicated by the following:
There are eight categories of relationships with Rembrandt. These are indicated by coloured outlines on each artist’s profile circle and profile page. In most cases, artists fall into one or two of these categories. In a few instances, they belong to more than two categories. For example, Ferdinand Bol is identified as Rembrandt’s student, follower and friend. All three categories are marked on Bol’s artist profile page; however, the map is limited to a maximum of two categories per artist.
Artists are placed in three concentric rings at varying distances from Rembrandt, the central node of the network map. Distance from the centre indicates degree of interaction with Rembrandt. For instance, Rembrandt’s friends and his documented students had direct interactions with him and are positioned within the closest ring. Artists who may have studied with Rembrandt but whose relationships to the Dutch master remain debatable are situated within the intermediate ring. Artists who were inspired by Rembrandt’s work but did not come into contact with him are in the farthest ring.
During his lifetime, Rembrandt lived and worked in Leiden and Amsterdam, where he encountered many of the artists represented in this network map.