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Innovative and provocative as he was, Rembrandt turned the art world upside down in the Golden Age. He was not only an innovator, he was a rebel: the Leiden miller's son flouted the rules of art and worked his way up to become one of the greatest artists and storytellers of his time. Yet his life and career were not one big success story. Turbulent love relationships, money worries, professional disappointments and the loss of loved ones, he had it all for his own sake.
In Rembrandt. Biography of a Rebel curator Jonathan Bikker takes us on a journey through all the highs and lows of Rembrandt's life in 17th-century Leiden and Amsterdam. He shows how brilliant Rembrandt was and how innovative his work was. The book brings the artist back to life. You will not come closer to Rembrandt.
With masterpieces such as The Night Watch, The Jewish Bride, De Staalmeesters and the portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, the Rijksmuseum manages the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings in the world. In addition, the museum offers a representative overview of his drawings and etchings. All these works allow us to better understand the life and work of the artist. And also for his life history: the more we know, the greater our appreciation for the art of this master painter.