Rembrandt & the Golden Age

Rembrandt van Rijn is one of Holland’s most famous Dutch Masters of the Golden Age. As an etcher, printmaker and innovative master painter he is known by many and has left his heritage spread widely over the Netherlands. In 2019 it has been 350 years since he passed away and therefore his remembrance will be honored throughout the country with special events and exhibitions.

Rembrandt was born in Leiden in 1606 as the son of a windmill owner. In 1621 he began training with a local painter and in 1624 he sets up his own studio. Soon he moved to Amsterdam where he spent most of his active live as a painter.

He achieved great success as a portrait painter but stood out in a wide range of subject matter. This included self-portraits, historical scenes, landscapes and biblical and mythological themes. One of his first paintings was ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp’ (1632).

Rembrandt and Saskia

Though he was greatly influenced by the Italian Masters, Rembrandt never left Holland, which was then rising with wealth and wisdom in the 17th century. In 1634 he married Saskia van Uylenburgh, a well-connected woman as well as the love of his life. He and his wife moved into the stately home at Nieuwe Doelenstraat in Amsterdam, which you can nowadays visit as the Rembrandt House Museum.

During his life, Rembrandt has completed about 300 works. His work can be recognized for his dramatic rendition of light and shadow, using strong contrasts between darkness and highly saturated colors. One of Rembrandt’s most well-known paintings, ‘The Night Watch’, was completed in 1642. In the same year, his wife Saskia died and resulted in a tough period and him being declared bankrupt in 1656. He had to sell his house and possessions, including his own large collection of works of art. Afterwards, he moved to a smaller house on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam where he died in 1669 and was buried at the Westerkerk.

Throughout his career, Rembrandt attracted students who he took under his wing and taught the techniques to become a Master. Sometimes, their work can hardly be distinguished from the real Dutch Master. The paintings that he made during his life are being displayed on several exhibitions in the Netherlands. But also works by his students have been included in these nationwide exhibitions.

Contact us to include one of the following exhibitions in your travel plans or leisure program:

  • Jewish Historical Museum A masterpirece by Rembrandt from the Israel Museum • 13 September 2019 – 10 November 2019
  • Rembrandt House Museum Laboratorium Rembrandt • 21 September 2019 – 16 February 2020
  • Rembrandt House Museum • Inspired by Rembrandt • 7 June – 1 September 2019
  • Rembrandt House Museum • Rembrandt’s Social Network • 1 February – 19 May 2019
  • Rijksmuseum • All the Rembrandts • 15 February – 10 June 2019
  • Rijksmuseum • Rembrandt-Velázquez • 11 October 2019 – 10 January 2020
  • Stadsarchief Amsterdam Rembrandt Privé • 7 december 2018 – 7 april 2019
  • Museum Prinsenhof Pieter de Hooch, Delft Master of the Golden Age • 11 October 2019 – 16 February 2020
  • Dordrechts Museum Work, Pray, Admire • November 2018 – May 2019
  • Westfries Museum Hoorn Cool Waters • 26 October 2019 – 26 January 2020
  • Museum de Lakenhal Young Rembrandt • 3 November 2019 – 9 February 2020
  • Fries Museum Rembrandt and Saskia: Love in the Golden Age • 24 November 2018 – 7 March 2019
The Hague
  • Haags Historisch Museum Johan van Oldenbarnevelt. Man, Might And Murder • 1 December 2018 – 14 April 2019
  • Haags Historisch Museum The Golden Age In The Hague • 28 April – 8 September 2019
  • Mauritshuis Nicolaes Maes • 17 October 2019 – 19 January 2020
  • Mauritshuis Rembrandt at the Mauritshuis • 31 January – 15 September 2019
  • Mauritshuis Shifting image – In search of Johan Maurits • 4 April – 7 July 2019


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