Rembrandt: the most exciting artist of the 17th century.
Rembrandt is the Netherlands’ best-known artist. Why is that?
Writer, columnist & comedian
Jooske van Lidth de Jeude
Mandela Wee Wee
Rembrandt was born in a house on Weddesteeg in Leiden on 15 July 1606. His father was a miller. Rembrandt - whose full name was Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn - was the youngest of seven children. He attended the Latin school and then went to study arts at the University of Leiden, at the age of fourteen. He left two years later, when he decided that he wanted to be a painter.
He became an apprentice at the workshop of painter Jacob van Swanenburgh in Leiden. To learn even more, he left for Amsterdam, where he was apprenticed to Pieter Lastman, a well-known history painter. What Rembrandt could not yet know is that he himself would become one of the most famous painters in the world.