The 17th century house in which Rembrandt lived and worked from 1639 till 1658.
The Rembrandt House (Het Rembrandthuis) with the newly built exposition space next to it (left)
The 17th century house in which Rembrandt lived and worked from 1639 till 1658 is still in the Jodenbreestraat, in the old Jewish neigbourhood of Amsterdam.
This is also the house in which his son Titus was born and his wife Saskia prematurely died is also the place where he painted and made his designs.
In 1911 the house became a museum housing most of all Rembrandt's etchings. It's a great experience to see these exhibited in the very same surroundings in which they where created. In the museum there are also a small number of his drawings as well as paintings by his pupils and his teacher.
In addition to his extensive oeuvre of paintings and drawings Rembrandt van Rijn also produced around 290 prints. His mastery in this field is undisputed; he is generally acknowledged as one of the great etchers - if not the greatest - of all time.
Rembrandt acquired a European reputation in his own lifetime precisely because of his graphic work which, because it could be reproduced, was much more widely seen than his paintings or drawings.
Rembrandt's free use of line, the unique deep black of many of his etchings and his masterly use of the drypoint were very popular and his work was much sought after by the many print collectors of the time.
The collection as it now stands provides an almost complete overview of Rembrandt's graphic work: 260 of the 290 etchings he made are represented.
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Rembrandt went deep into debt to buy his house in the Jodenbreestraat, and in 1656 this was to prove his undoing. He had been unable to pay his creditors for a very long time, so in June of that year he petitioned for bankruptcy.
A list was drawn up of the furniture, art and household items in every room for the public auctions that were to be held in 1656 and 1657.
This inventory has been a crucial source of information in the refurbishment of ten of the rooms in Rembrandt's house.