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Notable Techniques. Use of light Luxuriant brushwork Rich color Mastery of chiaroscuro. Self Portrait, 1661 (Age 65). Spotlight effects of light and shadow How facial expression affects light Rejection by patrons allowed personal independence Favored silent human figures

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Notable techniques

Notable Techniques

Use of light

Luxuriant brushwork

Rich color

Mastery of chiaroscuro


Self portrait 1661 age 65
Self Portrait, 1661 (Age 65)

Spotlight effects of light and shadow

How facial expression affects light

Rejection by patrons allowed personal independence

Favored silent human figures

Painted many self portraits


Philosopher in meditation 1632
Philosopher in Meditation, 1632

Painted quiet, deep emotional states

Shared dialogue between viewer and picture


Rape of ganymede 1635
Rape of Ganymede, 1635

Wanted recognition as a painter of mythologies and biblical stories

“Demythologized” stories with his interpretation

Crying toddler replaces the beautiful woman in the legend

Frightened boy urinates reflexively in horror as he is kidnapped

Violated conventions of beauty


The blinding of samson 1636
The Blinding of Samson, 1636

Dramatic biblical scenes of high contrast and emotion

Sought to emulate Ruben’s baroque style





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