Young Rembrandt in Leiden
Rembrandt was born on 15 July 1606 at Weddesteeg in Leiden where he lived for the first 26 years of his life. These were important years. He studied classics at the Latin school and then decided to become a painter. Once fully trained, he set up as an independent painter in Leiden. Many master pieces were created in his Leiden workshop. Museum De Lakenhal has a painting on display from the painter's period in Leiden. In 1632, he left his birthplace to try his fortune in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, the house in which Rembrandt was born, is no longer there. There is however a sculpture of Rembrandt at Weddesteeg Rembrandtplein, entitled: ‘The young Rembrandt’.
Celebrate Rembrandt's birthday
Every year, Rembrandt's birthday is celebrated. At midnight from 14 to 15 July, a wreath is laid by Rembrandt's bust statue at Witte Singel.
Walking route: In Young Rembrandt's Footsteps
The Rembrandt Route starts from Museum De Lakenhal. It is a walking route linking all authentic Rembrandt locations in Leiden's inner city, such as Rembrandt's birthplace, his teacher's workshop (Jacob van Swanenburgh), and the Latin school attended by Rembrandt. The themed signs along the walking route provide an impression of Leiden at the time of Rembrandt.
Young Rembrandt Studio: a must visit!
Visit this unique stop on the Leidse Rembrandt route and take a peek inside the life of the young Rembrandt. During a beautiful 7 minute ‘video mapping’ you will get to know/get acquainted with the young Rembrandt and the most important/key figures in his life. What was the unique talent Rembrandt had? What materials did he use, and how? Look back at the first 25 years of the life of the most famous master painter from the Golden Age: Rembrandt. The experience is now available in Dutch and will be available in English soon.
- Adress: Langeburg 89, Leiden
- Opening hours:
The Young Rembrandt Studio is open from Wednesday till Sunday from 12.00 – 17.00 hrs and is free of charge. The ‘video projection’ runs for 7 minutes and can be experienced by max. 10 persons at once. It is not possible to make a reservation in advance.
*This location is also a Tourist Information point!
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