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.
Next, there’s the living room which is also the bedroom. At that time there were no separate rooms for the bed.
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.
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 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.
Also in Rembrandt’s studio, there’s a demonstration of how he created the paints he used.
The new wing of the museum was acquired later to house other exhibitions.
Here’s a nice documentary about the museum
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