Saint Paul in Prison by Rembrandt van Rijn was created in 1627. The painting is in Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. The size of the work is 72,8 x 60,8 cm and is made of oil on wood.
The picture shows Paul during one of his imprisonments. He sits next to his modest belongings on a bench, meditating and looking into the distance. Despite the realistic design of the figure and scenery, all elements serve to tell the story at the same time. Thus the sword points to Paul’s martyrdom, but also, in connection with the books, to the forms of proclamation of faith he practices – deed and word. The light surrounding the apostle like a kind of halo creates the shadow of the window bars and thus makes Paul’s imprisonment clear. Due to this visual language, Rembrandt succeeds in bringing history to mind without external action. Read more in Staatsgalerie Stuttgart(de).
About the Artist: Dutch Golden Age painter, printmaker and draughtsman Rembrandt was born on 15 July 1606 in Leiden, in the Dutch Republic, now the Netherlands. As a boy, he attended a Latin school. At the age of 13, he was enrolled at the University of Leiden, although according to a contemporary he had a greater inclination towards painting. In 1624 or 1625, Rembrandt opened a studio in Leiden, which he shared with friend and colleague Jan Lievens. In 1627, Rembrandt began to accept students, which included Gerrit Dou in 1628 and Isaac de Jouderville… Read more