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Rembrandt was born in the Netherlands in the city of Leiden . His family wanted him to get a good education and provided opportunities for him to study with successful artists. Rembrandt was very talented and soon moved back to Leiden and began to teach other artists even though he was only 22 years old. Upon his return to Amsterdam, he opened an art studio at the house of a famous art dealer. This great Dutch artist was very popular with the people and he painted many pictures. He enjoyed painting pictures of Bible characters and scenes of Bible stories. During his lifetime he produced over 600 paintings and made more than a thousand etchings and drawings. He bought a large house; really much larger than he could afford, and he collected many works of art. Eventually he had to declare bankruptcy, and his house, furniture and art collection were sold at auction to pay the people to whom he owed money. Rembrandt painted about 100 portraits of himself. Sometimes the portrait was a study (a practice picture) he would make in preparation for another painting he was planning to do. One of his most famous paintings is The Nightwatch which shows a group of men in their military uniforms. If you visited Amsterdam today you could see this painting as well as The Syndics. You could also see his house and visit his studio.