Here are some quotes about him which resonate for me as I do my paintings:
Rembrandt's paintings are amazing for that. Out of the dismal dark, there shines a face with so much humanity in it. This image is a great example both of chiaroscuro and of the compositional elements Field wrote about above. It's a self-portrait of Rembrandt when he was a young man.
"Once Rembrandt's naturalistic style and sympathy for the poor, the old and the ugly, were deplored. ...But our feelings on this score are precisely the contrary.... According to early biographies, Rembrandt is supposed to have said that an artist ought to be guided by nature and not by any other rules."