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Rembrandt and Amsterdam
After Rembrandt completed his training as a painter in 1625, he set up in business as an artist in his home town of Leiden, where he remained until 1631. In that year or shortly afterwards he moved to Amsterdam. Before then, Rembrandt must often have travelled from Leiden to Amsterdam to paint portraits and carry out other commissions. Since the city ‘appeared to be favourable to him’, a contemporary tells us, Rembrandt decided to move there permanently. For an ambitious artist like Rembrandt, Amsterdam certainly offered many more opportunities than Leiden, which was significantly smaller and less prosperous. In 1630 Amsterdam had around 125,000 inhabitants as against no more than 30,000 in Leiden. Amsterdam’s booming economy also attracted many wealthy individuals. Paintings and other works of art were in great demand.
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Balthasar Florisz., Map of Amsterdam, 1625