Young Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Rijn was born in 1606, the ninth child of a miller in Leiden. Here he saw the light and grew up in relative prosperity. In the seventeenth century he grew to become a great artist. This Golden Age of the Netherlands can still be clearly seen and felt in Leiden.

Leiden Rembrandt Days

Every year, the Leiden Rembrandt Days take place around July 15, Rembrandt's 'birthday'! During the Leiden Rembrandt Days - this year on the weekend of July 13 and 14 - the Pieters and Academy District will be transformed into authentic seventeenth-century atmospheres, complete with hundreds of actors and extras, historical attributes and boats, performances and surprising activities from that time . A large historic theater is being staged that you can walk through yourself, and Rembrandt would still find his way today.

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Leidse Rembrandtdagen video
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Young Rembrandt Studio

In the Young Rembrandt Studio, the 17th-century house at Langebrug 89 in Leiden, Rembrandt spent his younger years (1606 – 1630) learning how to draw, paint and make etchings at the hand of his mentor Jacob van Swanenburgh.  This is a unique stop on the Leiden Rembrandt route that gives a glimpse into the life of the young Rembrandt. A special seven-minute 3D-video experience introduces you to the young master painter and the most important key figures in his life. 

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Young Rembrandt School
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Have your portrait sketched by Rembrandt himself!

Rembrandt was ten years old when he went to the Latin School, which he attended from 1616 to 1620. The forerunner of today’s grammar school, the Latin School provided preparatory training for university. Conversations and lessons were held exclusively in Latin. It was here that Rembrandt also first learned to sketch. He studied drawing here with Henricus Rieverlinck, his first art teacher.

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Young Rembrandt School
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Rembrandt's four senses

In 2024, Museum De Lakenhal will celebrate its 150th anniversary. This is celebrated with the presentation: Rembrandt's four senses – His first paintings. Rembrandt created this series, his earliest known work, when he was around 18 years old and living in Leiden. In addition to the Glasses Seller (the Sight) from our own collection, the presentation consists of three works from The Leiden Collection from New York: the Operation (the Feeling), the Three Singers (the Hearing) and the Fainting Patient (the Smell).

The four paintings can be seen every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until March, 2025 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Museum De Lakenhal.

Rembrandt's four senses

In the footsteps of the young Rembrandt

In the footsteps of the young Rembrandt

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