Leiden - Exhibition Young Rembrandt

Museum De Lakenhal

3 NOVEMBER 2019 – 9 FEBRUARY 2020

From November 2019 to February 2020 Museum De Lakenhal will present the exhibition Young Rembrandt. This will be the first major exhibition exclusively devoted to the early work of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1969). Young Rembrandt will allow visitors to look over the young painter’s shoulder and see how his talent developed and flourished. Almost 400 years after their creation works produced in Leiden by the now internationally famous master will return to the city of his birth. The exhibition consists of approximately 40 paintings, 120 etchings and 20 drawings. Apart from work by Rembrandt there will also be work by, amongst others, Lievens, Lastman and Van Swanenburg. The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, one of the leading museums in the United Kingdom.


The Young Rembrandt exhibition will reveal how Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn’s exceptional talent developed in the decade from 1624 to 1634. His work attests to an extraordinary gift, already manifest in the first ten years of his career as an artist. The rapid and spectacular blossoming of his talent in this period can be traced from painting to painting. Rembrandt was a full-blooded explorer and innovator who never opted for well-trodden paths but continually sought new perspectives and opportunities. During these early years Rembrandt laid the foundation for his later work - a foundation which would win him fame and contribute to the character of Dutch painting in the 17th century.


Museum De Lakenhal will present a number of works loaned especially to the exhibition from the Netherlands and abroad. One of the special loans is Man in Oriental Costume ('The Noble Slav') (1632), from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York (USA). Another highlight of the exhibition will be the Self-Portrait (ca. 1628) of a young Rembrandt from the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The exhibition will also include the two Rembrandt paintings from Museum De Lakenhal’s own collection: Rembrandt’s earliest known work, A pedlar selling spectacles (Allegory of sight) (ca. 1624), and History Painting with self-portrait (1626).


In 2019 it will be 350 years since Rembrandt died in Amsterdam on 4 October 1669. This anniversary has inspired Leiden, the city of Rembrandt’s birth, to focus attention on this outstanding master throughout the year. The Young Rembrandt exhibition will form the climax and conclusion of the nationwide theme year Rembrandt and the Golden Age.


Young Rembrandt will be on display in Museum De Lakenhal’s brand-new galleries. After a period of careful restoration and expansion with the addition of a new wing, the museum will celebrate the reopening of its doors to the public in the spring of 2019. Young Rembrandt will be open from November 2019. If you would like to know more about the museum’s restoration and expansion, see our information page.


  • Date: 3 November 2019 – 9 February 2020
  • Ticket sales: from autumn 2018
  • On display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford: 27 February - 7 June 2020
Afbeelding bij agenda item Leiden - Exhibition Young Rembrandt van  3 November 2019