Friday, October 27, 2017

Rembrandtshuis, Amsterdam

It would be a lie to say this is the finest of all fine buildings in Amsterdam, but then as they are all of them pretty splendid, that doesn't say much. 

It is at any rate a beautiful home, bought by the painter when affluent and then sold as things didn't pan out so well (bankruptcy, legal proceedings and general poor management of just about everything). It has been well renovated, beautifully decorated and is commented in (free) audioguides.

All this amounts to an excellent history lesson even for someone (like, say, my son, for instance) who had never heard of Rembrandt before.

Next to the original house is a museum, currently housing an exhibition of two of Rembrandt's students, Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck. We didn't stay very long there, I admit, as I wasn't overly enthralled and also wanted to keep my even less enthralled teenager in a good mood.

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