The Rembrandt Teaching Project

Resources, Internet Links, and Multimedia Resources


This bibliography contains suggestions on books presenting the artistic biography and works of Rembrandt. These were also used extensively as sources for this teaching guide.

Baker, Christopher, Rembrandt, Brompton Books, 1993.

Benesch, A. The Drawings of Rembrandt (6 vols.), 1973.

Bockemühl, M. Rembrandt: Mystery of the Revealed Form, Cologne: Taschen, 1993.

Bredius, A. The Complete Edition of the Paintings of Rembrandt, New York, 1979.

Brown, C., Kelch, J., & van Thiel, P. Rembrandt: The Master and his Workshop- Paintings, London, 1991 (Exhibition Catalogue).

Clark, K. An Introduction to Rembrandt (reprinted), 1978.

Gerson, H. Rembrandt Paintings, New York, 1968.

Haak, B. The Golden Age- Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, New York, 1984.

Kitson, M. Rembrandt, Oxford, 1969.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rembrandt/ Not Rembrandt; Aspects of Connoisseurship
Volume 1- von Sonnenburg, H. Paintings, Problems and Issues.
Volume II- Liedtke, W., Logan, C., Orenstein, N.M., & Dickey, S. Paintings, Drawings, and Prints: Art-Historical Perspectives

Rosenberg, J., Slive, S., & ter Kuil, E. H. Dutch Art and Architecture 1600- 1800.

New York: Penguin Books, 1966 (latest revised printing 1991).

Royalton- Kisch, M. Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle in the British Museum, London (1992- Exhibition Catalogue).

Schatborn, P., Drawings by Rembrandt and his anonymous pupils and followers in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1985.

Schneider, C.P. Rembrandt's Landscapes, New Haven: Yale University, 1989.

Vels Heijn, A. Rembrandt, London, 1989.

White, Christopher. Rembrandt. London: Thames and Hudson, 1984, (reprinted 1989).


The following are books and materials containing ideas for the teaching of Rembrandt in particular and art in general.

Carson, Tell Me About our Picture.
Encourages students to talk about their own art with an emphasis on expressing personal feelings.

Cole, Eyewitness Art-Perspective
Perspective features of over 100 paintings are examined in this beautifully illustrated book.

Cormia, I.E., Stubbs, C. B. & Winters, N. B., Art is Elementary, Peregrine Smith Books, 1983.
A comprehensive art program including lessons on such topics as shape, color, line and texture.

Frayling, Frayling, &Van Der Meer, The Art Pack.
A hands-on resource for lessons on color, line, composition, perspective and optics.

Greenberg & Jordan, The Painter's Eye
A look an contemporary art containing interviews with artists.

Massey & Darst, Learning to Look.
Lessons on teaching students in grades K-8 how to look at art, recognize basic elements and develop a sense of aesthetic awareness.

McArthur, Journey into Art.
Featuring 30 color overheads and 70 black and white art reproduction, this resource concentrates on the holdings of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Rodriguez, Art Smart.
A compendium of 40 full color slides and ready to use activities covering major periods in art history.

Rodriguez, The Special Artists's Handbook: Art Activities for the Handicapped Student
A sourcebook customized for teaching art with physically challenged children including ready-to-teach sections on recognizing handicaps, adaptive aids and classroom accommodations.

Schuman, Jo Miles, Art from Many Hands.
Step-by-step lessons on creating art in the classroom using as a model works from African, Central and South American, Asian, Europeans and Native American cultures.

Yenawine, Philip, How to Look at Modern Art
A how-to book introducing students to viewing modern art from the point of view it was created.

Yenawine, Philip, Key Art Terms for Beginners.
A discussion of basic art terms along with masterworks used to explain many of them.


The following are books and videotapes related to the Discipline-Based Art Education approach. They can be obtained from the Getty Center for the Arts at the following address:
For Information
The Getty Center Education Institute for the Arts
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1683
Telephone: (310) 440-7315
FAX: (310) 440-7704

For ordering resources
Getty Trust Publications
Distribution Center E31X
P.O. Box 2112
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2112
Telephone:(800) 223-3431
FAX:(818) 779-0051

Alexander, K. & Day, M. (Eds.), Discipline-Based Art Education: A Curriculum Sampler.
1991, 344 pages, with 121 b/w illustrations

Arnheim, R. Thoughts on Art Education, 1989, 68 pages with 11 b/w illustrations.

Barrett, T. Lessons in Art Criticism, 1995.

Broudy, H. The Role of Imagery in Learning, 1987, 56 pages.

Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Robinson, R. The Art of Seeing: An Interpretation of the Aesthetic Encounter, 1990, 165 pages with 10 b/w illustrations.

Dobbs, Stephen Mark. The DBAE Handbook: An Overview of Discipline-Based Art Education. 1992, 121 pages.

Eisner, E. The Role of Discipline-Based Art Education in America's Schools, 1988, 48 pages with 2 b/w illustrations.

Erickson, M. Lessons about Art in History and History in Art, 1992.

Gardner, Howard. Art Education and Human Development, 1990, 80 pages.

Perkins, D. The Intelligent Eye: Learning to Think by Looking at Art, 1994, 96 pages with 15 b/w illustrations.

Smith, R. Discipline- Based Art Education: Origin, Meaning, and Development, 1989.

Wilson, Brent. The Quiet Evolution: Implementing Discipline-Based Art Education in Six Regional Professional Development Consortia, 1996, 320 pages, illustrated.


The following are book titles recommended for student reading and independent investgations.

Bonafoux, Pascal. A Weekend with Rembrandt. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991.

Mühlberger, R. What Makes a Rembrandt a Rembrandt. New York: Viking, 1993.

Peppin, Anthea. The Usborn Story of Painting, London: Usborn Publishing, 1980.

Pescio, C. Rembrandt and Seventeenth-Century Holland. New York, Peter Bedrick Books., 1995

Raboff, E. Art for Children: Rembrandt. New York: HarperTrophy, 1987.

Richanrdson, J. Inside the Museum: A Children's Guide to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1993.

Schwartz, G. First Impressions: Rembrandt. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992

Sturgis, Alexander,. Introducing Rembrandt. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 1994.

Venezia, Mike. Rembrandt. Chicago: Children's Press, 1988.


These museums in New York City contain significant collections of Rembrandt's works.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue ( at 82nd Street)
New York, NY
Phone: General Information - (212) 535-7710
Family Programs - (212) 570-3932

The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY
(212) 685-0008

The Pierpont - Morgan Library
29 East 36th Street
New York, NY
(212) 288-0700



WebMuseum: Rembrandt -
Good introduction to the famous Dutch painter divided into periods of his life and illustrated with his works.

Rembrandt Research Project -
A detailed look into the techniques Rembrandt used in painting as well as the influences that could have had a bearing on his those techniques.

Encyclopedia Encarta: Rembrandt -
Encyclopedia article provides an overview of the painter's life and works.

Rembrandt and His Environment -
Follow the 'Fine Arts' link from the menu to reveal an online book on how the culture around Rembrandt affected his life and his works.

Rembrandt House Museum -
You can take a virtual tour of Rembrandt's house, which has been refurbished and turned into a Museum.

Art Gallery of Rembrandt's Paintings -
A collection of some of Rembrandt's most famous prints and paintings.

Artcyclopedia: Rembrandt van Rijn -
Guide to 50 art museum sites and image archives where the works of Rembrandt can be viewed online.

Rembrandt Myself -
A look at Rembrandt's self portraits. The works in this exhibit were chosen to show the development of Rembrandt's style from his early days in Leiden to his last days in Amsterdam.

Olga's Gallery of Rembrandt
Comprehensive collection with almost 200 images of Rembrandt's works along with some historical notes and a biography.

Rembrandt's Women
The National Gallery of Scotland exhibits Rembrandt's portrayals of women.

CFGA: Rembrandt -
Image archive with over 30 of his paintings or prints, as well as a short biography.

Rembrandt at The Worldwide Art Gallery -
A biography with a short chronology of important dates, as well as a selection of his works




Metropolitan Museum of Art-
A comprehensive collection of the Met's works including some of Rembrandt's most well-known paintings including Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer and Woman with a Pink.

The Frick Collection-
The website of the Frick including their Rembrandt works Nicolaes Ruts, The Polish Rider and Self-Portrait as well as other art resources.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art-
On-line exhibition catalogues, artist interviews, current shows and museum shop samples.

Louvre Museum-
An overview of some of the holdings of the Louvre.

Treasures of the Czar-
The treasures of the Romanovs with insights not only into their art but their lives.

WWW Virtual Library: Museums-
This listing of virtual libraries is a comprehensive collection of museum related links. The search engine can be used to find museums by specific countries of exhibits.

Web Museum, Paris-
Another comprehensive site of famous paintings spanning several centuries also including a glossary of painting styles.

Whitney Museum of American Art-
A compilation of a variety of resources at this famous New York City museum. Included are current shows, works from the permanent collection, essays, library information and current art projects sponsored by the museum.

Musee Online-
A comprehensive site providing links to an excellent selection of museums around the world.

Stanford University-
This site provides links to many museums, galleries and archives.

The Rembrandt House-
The site for the museum-house in Amsterdam where Rembrandt lived during much of his lifetime. This museum has recently undergone extensive rebuilding.

The National Gallery of Art-
The site for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. It includes the holdings of the National Gallery along with information about many topics in art history.

Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

WebMuseum: Rembrandt -
An interesting site allowing many of Rembrandt's major works to be viewed. Formerly at the Metalab site currently hosted by ibiblio.



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The Getty Center for Education in the Arts-
An online service from the Getty Center designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in the arts and their relevance to education. Included is staff development information, publications, teaching resources and up-to-the-minute information on arts education issues.

The Kennedy Center-
A curriculum studio linked to national standards for arts education and a curriculum showcase demonstrating effective integration of the arts with K-12 curriculum projects.


This section includes titles related both to Rembrandt, art history, and history in general. In general, requirements for these include sufficient RAM, speakers and CD-ROM drive.

Microsoft Art Gallery

The Collection of National Gallery of London

(Apple, IBM Compatibles)

A compilation of the major holdings from London's National Gallery. Works can be viewed according to artists, subject, or theme and are accompanied by informative texts.

Paul Cézanne: Portrait of My World

(Apple, IBM compatibles, IBM with Windows).

An interactive journey through the artistic world and culture of the artist.

Corbis Corp. 15395 S.E. 30th Place,

Suite 300, Bellevue, WA 98007; (800) 246-2065.

The Barnes Collection- A Passion for Art: Renoir, Matisse & Dr. Barnes

(Windows and Apple)

An overview of the Barnes collection with an emphasis on the Impressionists. Interactive

documentaries along with some effective close-ups gives a real feeling of an actual museum visit.

Corbis Publications

The Frick Collection: Great Paintings Renaissance to Impressionism

(Apple, IBM compatibles, IBM with Windows)

The Frick Collection contains three paintings by Rembrandt including the well-known and discussed Polish Rider. Its other holdings include paintings by Holbein, Vermeer and Franz Hals.

New Media Solutions, London UK distributed in the US by

Digital Collections, 1301 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501

 The Brooklyn Museum: Ancient Egyptian Art- Treasures of Antiquity

(Apple, IBM compatibles, IBM with Windows)

A comprehensive look at the art of ancient Egypt in the highly regarded Brooklyn Museum.

New Media Solutions, London UK distributed in the US by

Digital Collections, 1301 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501

Masterworks of Japanese Paintings: The Etsuko and Joe Price Collection

(Apple, IBM compatibles, IBM with Windows)

This CD introduces viewers to an interesting private collection on non-Western art during the Edo Period (1615- 1868). Over 1100 full color images and commentary are included.

New Media Solutions, London UK distributed in the US by

Digital Collections, 1301 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501


With Open Eyes

(Macintosh/ Windows hybrid)

The Art Institute of Chicago's collection is the subject of this CD-ROM. The viewer can select from an automated slide show or choose a geographic area or specific time period. For young viewers, there are games such as jigsaw puzzles and connect-the-dots.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Michigan Avenue at Adams Street

Chicago, IL 60603


The Age of Van Eyck

(Apple, IBM compatibles, IBM with Windows).

Highlights of the Flemish artist's masterpieces.

Reunion des Musées Nationaux 1995

The Age of Vermeer

(Apple, IBM compatibles, IBM with Windows).

Another Dutch master (from Delft), contemporary of Rembrandt, and subject of 1996

"blockbuster exhibit" at the National Gallery in Washington and The Mauritshuis in

The Hague, Netherlands.

Reunion des Musées Nationaux 1995

The Age of Bruegel

(Apple, IBM compatibles, IBM with Windows).

A journey through the interesting work of this famous Flemish master.

Reunion des Musées Nationaux 1995

 The Hermitage

(Apple, IBM compatibles, IBM with Windows).

A tour of this world famous St. Petersburg museum including a look at some Rembrandts.

Intersoft Inc. Distributed in the US by

Cascade Marketing International

115 E. School Street

Wenatchee WA 98801

Van Gogh- Starry Night

An insightful look at the world of Van Gogh including his correspondence and paintings.

The Voyager Co., New York

MS Creative Writer and Fine Artist

A CD-ROM designed to give students experience in writing and drawing creatively, expanding upon their own ideas with guided resources contained on the CD.

(Microsoft CD-ROM ISBN 1-57231-156-8).

MS Encarta Encyclopedia

This popular CD usually updated every year is a good resource for students interested

in further information about art, art history and history in general. An solid reference for

electronic research.

(Microsoft CD-ROM ISBN 1-57231-162-2)


Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Corel Painter

Kid Pix


These videodiscs are produced in either CAV or CLV formats. Both play on the same hardware. Some videodiscs also have barcode booklets to make indexing of still frames and motion sequences easier. Still frames and motion sequences can also be accessed using a hand-held remote.

American Art from the National Gallery

This videodisc contains over 1000 masterpieces from the Washington. DC gallery including

both painting and sculpture.

Videodisc- CAV

The National Gallery of Art Laserstack

This is an index permitting viewing of more than 1000 works helps the teacher prepare lessons by artist, nationality, period, style, date and medium. Useful for thematic based approaches.

Louvre Compendium

A video visit to one of the world's greatest museums and home to several significant Rembrandts.

Chapters include antiquities, drawings and paintings.

Videodisc- CAV

The Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg.

Volume I- Treasures from Eastern and Western Civilizations (5 Disc Box- CAV)

Volume II- Great Masterpieces 16th- 20th Centuries (4 Disc Box- CAV)

The vast collection of the world renowned Russian museum is comprehensively presented. Included in the collection are some significant Rembrandt works.


All of the following video titles are available at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as noted by the accompanying catalogue numbers for each entry.

Masterpieces of the Met

Hosted by Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum, this video highlights

30 masterpieces from the Met including works by Rembrandt.

55 minutes 13-0238-9

The National Gallery of Art

A two-part program exploring the treasures of The National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

including their Rembrandts.

50 minutes 13-02286-8


Viewers are introduced to this famous Italian artist whose art influenced that of Rembrandt and his teachers.

28 minutes 13-02563-0

Rembrandt: Painter of Man and The Restoration of "The Night Watch'

A two part video that discusses several famous paintings of Rembrandt as well as the process of restoration performed on 'The Night Watch" in the Rijksmuseum which was seriously vandalized in 1975.

55 minutes

Rembrandt & Velazquez: Two Faces of the 17th Century

An exploration of two works by Velazquez and Rembrandt concentrating on the 1650

Velazquez work Portrait of Juan de Pareja and Rembrandt's 1660 Self-Portrait.

28 minutes 13-02214-0


(Available through various vendors)
Elementary Art Appreciation Videos- Understanding Painting

An introduction through a five part series, to assist students, primarily in grades 4-8 in how to look at great works of art.

 20 minutes VHS Approaching a Painting

20 minutes VHS Composition and Realism

20 minutes VHS Landscape, Seascape

20 minutes VHS People

20 minutes VHS Abstraction, Light and Color

How to Visit an Art Museum

A how to prepare children to get the most out of a museum visit.

30 minutes


(Available through the Getty Center)
Art Education in Action: A series of 5 Videotapes.

This series illustrates the strengths of a comprehensive approach to arts education using DBAE.

The parts include:

TAPE 1 Aesthetics

TAPE 2 Integrating the Art Disciplines

TAPE 3 Making Art

TAPE 4 Art History and Art Criticism

TAPE 5 School-Museum Collaboration

Art Education is More than Art Education

Includes discussion on the role of the arts in education reform.

1994; 10 minutes; 1/2 inch VHS format

The Art of Learning

Co-produced by The Learning Channel, the National Education Association and The Getty Center, this video profiles five schools across the country and their emphasis on arts education.

1991; 60 minutes; 1/2/ inch VHS format

Arts for Life

This video, shot on location in various classrooms, talks about the indispensability of arts to the education of students.

1990; 15 minutes; 1/2 inch VHS format

The Imagination Machine

A joint project of The Getty Center and the Discovery Channel, this video explores the interrelationship between arts and technology.

1991; 60 minutes; 1/2/ inch VHS format

The Role of Art in General Education

This video, featuring Dr. Harry Broudy, discusses the role of imagery in education with special focus on language development.

1988; 30 minutes; 1/2/ inch VHS format