Here is my first thumbnail study from a Rembrandt painting.
I saw this piece in Berlin and it took my breath away.
1. Rembrandt is a master of lighting and mood setting as well as using economy to highlight the focal point. In this painting, Rembrandt emphasizes the preacher and his wife by painting in a lot of detail while using economy everywhere else. I also noticed that the focal point becomes very clear with the use of light tones against a very dark surrounding.