Rembrandt at the National Gallery

'Rembrandt - the late works' at the National Gallery displays the works of the Dutch master portrait painter of the 1600s. I was struck by the many strong women in his oeuvre, see below 'Juno' and 'Margaretha de Geer'. More than his paintings I was moved by his sensitive etchings, both of religious scenes and female nudes (below left). 

Rembrandt painted many self portraits in his lifetime (below left), charting his passage from youth to old age. He gazes out of the canvas, scrutinising himself and the viewer. Rembrandt is also known for his depictions of anatomy and medical autopsies, see below right - a male corpse's skull peeled open to reveal his brain.