Amsterdam - Rembrandt House
The Rembrandt House Museum is a house in the Jodenbreestraat in Amsterdam, where Rembrandt lived and painted for a number of years.
It is now an important museum. Rembrandt purchased the house in 1639 and lived there until he went bankrupt in 1656, when all his belongings went on auction. Famous Dutch painter Rembrandt (Harmensz van Rijn) House is not far from the Chinese quarter of Amsterdam and right behind the Red Light District.
A modern annex has been recently built next to the Rembrandt’s house. Together, these two houses are today a museum of Rembrandt’s life and work. Additionally the annex and the original house serve as a small but a prestigious, stylish congress center. For a visitor The Rembrandt House Museum shows the unknown aspects of the famous painter’s life and his artistic craft.
History of the Rembrandt house
The house was built in 1606 and this date painted in gold decorates until today its front wall. It is relatively wide, built on two adjoining lots, then in the new and fashionable eastern part of the city. Many successful merchants and financiers also bought houses in this new part of town.
In 1906, during the Rembrandt Year, the foundation has been established to buy the house of the painter. Three years later, after a thorough restoration, the Museum has been opened to the public. The Rembrandt House Museum is a reconstruction of the Rembrandt’s rooms and of his workshop. The furniture and objects from the epoch were carefully presented together with the prints, sculptures and a few paintings of other painters from the Rembrandt’s times.
Today the Rembrandt House Museum attracts a great many visitors with its permanent display of Rembrandt’s etchings and with important exhibitions. The growing numbers of visitors meant that the museum had to expand. The public facilities and exhibition rooms have been moved to a new wing. Drawings by the artist also reveal the character of the rooms. Experts have undertaken lengthy and detailed studies to ensure that the restoration is historically accurate. The Rembrandt House is now refurbishing the rooms in an attempt to get as close as possible to the situation in Rembrandt’s time.
A collection of almost all Rembrandt’s prints (more than 250), his possible tools and the graphic techniques he used, are also shown.
The Rembrandt’s House is an interesting reconstruction of painter’s everyday life, his living quarters, and his workshop. As always with reconstruction, the visitor might miss a bit authenticity. Nevertheless, the Rembrandt's House might be interesting for people who want to know more about the famous painter’s life, his graphic work and about the Dutch Golden Age in general.
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