This beautiful old building in the centre of Holland’s capital, this is now a museum. This was the place where the great Dutch painter Rembrandt worked and lived from the year 1639 till 1658. Built in 1606, the year in which Rembrandt was born, this beautiful shuttered house was where the great master spent 19 years of his life, after which bankruptcy forced Rembrandt to leave.
An inventory from the Dutch Golden Age – the 17th-century – was used to carefully refurbish the house with furniture, objects and art Rembrandt’s day to create the Rembrandt House Museum.
Visit the studio, the living quarters, the old kitchen of Rembrandt van Rijn and imagine what’s like to live in the 17th-century. The Rembrandt House describes the story of Rembrandt the man, painter, teacher, collector, inspirer, entrepreneur and resident of Amsterdam. The collection of Golden Age pieces of art gives an impression of the world and surroundings of Rembrandt van Rijn.
This museum also owns a roughly complete collection of etchings made by Rembrandt, a selection of which is regularly on display.
In the year 1637, a young albino elephant was brought Holland’s capital from Sri Lanka (formally known as Ceylon) and was the subject of a marvelous pencil drawing by Rembrandt. He was mesmerized by it. The animal even made an appearance on one of Rembrandt’s etchings called “Adam and Eve in Paradise”. See if you can find it inside. If not, then you can also go to the Nieuwe Batavierstraat 2. Here you’ll find a gablestone celebrating this famed elephant. It’s just a 4 minute walk.
Every day, the demonstrations of the Rembrandt House show how etchings were printed back in the seventeenth century. The demonstrations are completely free of charge and are given in the former graphic workshop of Rembrandt. There are recurrent exhibitions showing pieces of art of contemporaries and predecessors of Rembrandt van Rijn. Also contemporary art is shown in the modern wing of the Rembrandt House Museum.
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Jodenbreestraat 4 | 1011 NK | Amsterdam
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