Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam

Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam
Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam

The Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam gives us the opportunity to enter the house where Rembrandt lived and worked between 1639 and 1658. Rembrandt was already a famous and wealthy artist by the time he bought this house. Despite that, he was unable to pay off the mortgage. The house was auctioned, and his belongings were sold to pay his debt. All his belongings were carefully inventoried before being sold. This inventory was crucial for the restoration of the house and allowed the museum to reconstruct the appearance of the rooms with similar items from the same period.

The first room is the entry hall. This room served as an exposition place where people interest in buying Rembrandt’s paintings could admire his work and the work of his pupils.

Entry hall in Rembrandt House Museum

Entry hall in Rembrandt House Museum

Fireplace in Rembrandt House Museum

Fireplace in Rembrandt House Museum

Next, there’s the living room which is also the bedroom. At that time there were no separate rooms for the bed.

Living room in Rembrandt House Museum

Living room in Rembrandt House Museum

Living room in Rembrandt House Museum

Living room in Rembrandt House Museum

In the kitchen, the meals were prepared and consumed at a small table in the corner. The maid would sleep in a box bed in the opposite corner of the room. The bed is terrible small because during that time people used to sleep in a half-sitting position.

Kitchen in Rembrandt House Museum

Kitchen in Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt liked to collect objects from all over the world, and he spent a fortune to get them. When he went bankrupt, these objects were inventoried and sold. What we see today in the museum are not the original objects, but replicas.

Rembrandt’s collections in Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt’s collections in Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt was known as the master of light and shadow. In his studio, where he created many of his famous paintings, you can see his concern in archiving the best possible light.

Rembrandt’s studio in Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt’s studio in Rembrandt House Museum

Also in Rembrandt’s studio, there’s a demonstration of how he created the paints he used.

A demonstration of how the paints were made in Rembrandt House Museum

A demonstration of how the paints were made in Rembrandt House Museum

The new wing of the museum was acquired later to house other exhibitions.

The modern wing in Rembrandt House Museum

The modern wing of Rembrandt House Museum

Here’s a nice documentary about the museum

For more information about the museum including a 360° degree virtual tour go to

 http://www.rembrandthuis.nl/

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