The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1640 - 1642. Rembrandt painted The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq between 1640 and 1642. This picture was called the Nachtwacht by the Dutch and the Night Watch by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Rembrandt self-portrait from 1659 at the age of 53 : Self-portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn Rembrandt painted this remarkable self-portrait in 1659, after he had suffered frorm personal financial collapse. Much can be read into his expression, but the painting itself is a triumph.
Girl in the Window (1645) - Rembrandt http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Rembrandt_Harmensz_van_Rijn_-_Girl_at_a_Window_-_Google_Art_Project_-_edited.jpg - More at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Rembrandt/Paintings (Thx Julie M)
This beautiful Rembrandt portrait is lit with a soft one light source with vignette background. I was drawn to this image because of its innocent painter like style. Photograph Ksenia by Paul Apal'kin on 500px