Right in the city centre of Amsterdam, near the famous Waterpooplein, you can find Jodenbreestraat, the "Broad street of the Jews", formerly famous for its buzzing and charming Jewish flair. On this street lies the Rembrandt House Museum, an exhibit dedicated to one of Amsterdam's most famous artists.
In 1639 Rembrandt van Rijn took a hefty mortgage in order to afford the 13,000 guilder house, which in the end lead to his bankruptcy and the moving out of this grand 17th-century building. The master lived and worked here for over 20 years, completing most of his well known masterpieces, including the Night Watch.
Originally the museum was opened to the public in 1911, mostly displaying his own paintings and artworks of his students. In 1998 the museum was expanded with an adjoining wing that houses his paintings while the house itself was restored to look as it did in his day using Rembrandt's paintings as the only source of information.
Inside the house you can wander through the imposing entrance hall, anteroom, salon, cabinet and kitchen whereas the painting studio represents the highlight of the house showing his easel, pigments and canvases. Even after Rembrandt's bankruptcy, the inventory remained in the building, including antique furniture, paintings, prints and drawings as well as his collections of coral, seashells, animal horns, weapons and art books. The museum houses an impressive collection of about 250 of his etchings as well as works of other Dutch contemporaries.
The Rembrandt House offers also interactive demonstrations. Demonstrators tell visitors everything about graphical art especially the etching technique, the actual printing process as well as how paint was made in Rembrandt's time. These demonstrations are free of charge and take place in Rembrandt's former graphic workshop.
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