These Rembrandt Art Cards depict six paintings by the great Dutch Golden Age painter. You can print them and use them to play matching games to help children become more familiar with some of Rembrandt’s paintings and his style.
Rembrandt van Rinj was born in the Netherlands in 1606 and died in 1669 at the age of sixty-three. He painted in the Baroque style but much of his later paintings show a strong Reformation influence. In 1642 his wife died. In the years just preceding three of his four children had died. At this same time Rembrandt’s poor financial decisions had destroyed his wealth. It was following this crisis that his style becomes more quiet and contemplative, more focused on personal struggles and faith where before his style had been overtly dramatic and flamboyant in keeping with the Baroque movement.
Print the cards onto white card stock and cut them apart on the solid lines. In the document they are paired with a description of the piece, a little history, a little about the techniques, or a little about the artist. The pdf includes 3 pages of art cards and one page of instructions. Click on the image below to go to the free pdf.
You can use the Rembrandt Art Cards as a matching game with the images on one group and the descriptions in the other. The kids can choose a card from each group, read the description, and see if they match. In the process they’re learning the name of the piece, the artist, and a little about the painting.
They can also be used as flash cards. Hold up an image card and see if the kids can remember the name of the piece, the artist, details about the painting, or all three. You can give out points for correct answers if you like.
On each card a date, or approximate date, of when the piece was done is included. Arrange the cards in chronological order. Can you see a progression of technique, style, or subject matter? Can you arrange the cards in other ways according to different categories?
After the kids are familiar with these pieces, they can look up the artist online or in art books and see if they can recognize his style in other paintings.
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