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Always innovative and often provocative, Rembrandt van Rijn turned the art world of the Golden Age upside down. Rembrandt was not merely an innovator, he was a rebel: the son of a Leiden miller who broke the rules of art, and worked his way up to become one of the greatest artists and storytellers of all time. His life and career were not one big success story, however. He had more than his fair share of turbulent relationships, financial worries, professional disappointments, and personal losses.
In Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel, curator Jonathan Bikker takes us on a journey past all of the ups and downs of Rembrandt’s life in seventeenth century Leiden and Amsterdam. With humour, insight and compassion, he shows us Rembrandt’s genius and the novelty of his works, and brings the artist back to life – you will not get any closer to Rembrandt than this.
The Rijksmuseum hosts the world’s largest collection of Rembrandt’s paintings – including The Night Watch, The Jewish Bride and the portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. Additionally, the museum boasts a comprehensive and representative overview of Rembrandt’s drawings and etchings. Through all these works we gain an understanding of the artist’s life and career. By the same token, the more we know of the master painter's biography the better we can appreciate his art.