The Paintings of Rembrandt at Church of the Atonement
God’s Amazing Grace from the Perspective of Dutch Master Painter, Rembrandt van Rijn.
An Amazing Plan
From the very beginning, God had an amazing plan . . . and that plan includes you. The great stories of the Scriptures —from Abraham and Isaac in the Old Testament to the parables of Jesus in the New Testament—paint an amazing picture of God’s plan to rescue you. But what is this plan? And 2,000 years after Jesus’ earthly ministry ended, how is it relevant to your life today?
God’s plan of salvation is found in the story of His great faithfulness, sacrifice, acts of redemption on our behalf to restore us to him. He rescues us from the grip of evil, the guilt of our sins, and the certainty of eternal death. He is always and forever faithful to us.
The Rembrandt Collection
Church of Atonement’s Rembrandt collection includes nine reproductions that depict wonderfully significant events detailing God’s amazing plan for us as recorded in the Bible. The paintings are on display in the Narthex, Chapel, and Alcove on the main level. We invite you to stroll among the paintings and imagine what it would be like if you had been there and witnessed what was taking place.
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669) is considered to be one of the most influential painters of his time. A Dutch painter and etcher, he is best known for his compassionate and moving illustrations of scenes from the Bible. Despite his notoriety and successful painting business, Rembrandt endured great personal tragedy, financial difficulties, and scandal through the course of his life. His paintings provide his unique perspective of Biblical scenes, and hint at the conflict he may have felt in his own troubled life. In several paintings, Rembrandt included a likeness of himself, perhaps to note his empathy with the subjects, or his identification with similar situations in his own life.
Most painters of his time depicted biblical scenes using stylized, classical interpretations of human facial details, expressions, body poses, hand gestures, emotions, background scenery, and even clothing. Rembrandt broke with tradition. He painted each scene realistically, based on his interpretation of the Biblical text, personal experiences and emotions, and observations of Jewish neighbors and their customs, dress, and culture.
Rembrandt uses dramatic light to focus the viewer’s attention on the subject of each painting. Peripheral images in the foreground and background seem to fade away into darkness, and our eyes are drawn into the compassion and emotion of the painting’s brilliant subject.