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Rembrandt | Quotes / Aforismi

  • Try to put well in practice what you already know; and in so doing, you will in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.
  • Prova a mettere bene in pratica quello che già sai; così facendo sarai sempre in tempo, e scoprirai le cose nascoste che ora stai cercando. Metti in pratica quello che sai, e ciò ti aiuterà a rendere chiaro ciò che ora non conosci.
  • Un quadro è finito quando l’artista dice che è finito.
  • A painting is finished when the artist says it is finished.

  • Senza l’atmosfera, un quadro non è niente.
  • Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.

Of course you will say that I ought to be practical and ought to try and paint the way they want me to paint.
Well, I will tell you a secret.


I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can't do it.
I just can't do it!
And that is why I am just a little crazy.


  • For in these two paintings the greatest and most natural movement has been expressed, which is also the main reason why they have taken so long to execute.



  • Choose only one master - Nature.
  • Scegliete un solo maestro, la Natura.


  • I envy the poet. He is encouraged toward drunkenness and wallows with nubile wenches while the painter must endure wretchedness and pain for his art.



  • Practise what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.
  • Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.
  • La pittura è la nipote della natura. È collegata a Dio.










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