A Profile Of Two Famous Artists

The world will never run out of painters and people who will keep art alive. Historically, famous artists spawned during the Renaissance between the 14th and 16th century. Among them are Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Michael Angelo, Rafael, Donatello, and Vincent Van Gogh. Perhaps the least heard of among these painters are Rembrandt and Vincent Van Gogh, the artist or painter who cut his ear.

Rembrandt was born in Netherlands in 1606.  He was born to a wealthy family, received fine schooling, and opened up his shop at the age of 19. Among all the famous artists that ever lived, perhaps Rembrandt is considered as one of the greatest, with famous works like the Night Watch and The Jew Bride. Rembrandt married in 1635 and was widowed in 1642.

Vincent Van Gogh, on the other hand, was born to a family in which art is the main business. Van Gogh originally wanted to be a minister. He failed in this aspect of his life and this caused him to sink into depression. As an aftermath of his failure in theology school, Van Gogh resorted to sketching and drawing, many of which are gone now.

Van Gogh was diagnosed by many psychiatrists in his life. In fact he is one of the famous artists that were diagnosed with several mental illnesses. In the books, it is said that Van Gogh suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, among other things. According to many, his mental condition was caused by mental fatigue, overwork, insomnia, and malnutrition.

Perhaps one can say that both artists made great contributions to the world of art. These artists are the best in their field and they well deserve to be in the limelight of history. Although it may be said that they did not live a happy life, one should not really expect that from artists.

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