Two new rooms have been opened in Rembrandt’s former home: his small office and a print room. In the small office Rembrandt used to keep on top of his paperwork. In the print room the role and importance of Rembrandt’s etchings is shown through a selection of his work. The Rembrandt House Museum has one of the largest collections of Rembrandt’s etchings in the world.
The renovation of Rembrandt’s small office and the print room was made possible thanks to the Society of Friends of the Rembrandt House Museum and the two sponsors of the Friends: DLA Piper and Rembrandt DGO.
About Rembrandt’s Small Office
The Voorhuys is situated immediately behind the familiar green door on the ground floor. This was where people entered Rembrandt’s house and the place where he conducted business. A space has now been created in the Voorhuys to give an impression of a little office like the one Rembrandt must have used to keep on top of his paperwork. Aside from being an artist and a teacher, Rembrandt was also an active businessman. The office contains furniture and objects based on historical images and documents from the archives.
About the Print Room
The new print room is in a closed attic space. It is a unique presentation highlighting the importance of Rembrandt’s etching: its great artistic quality, his favourite subjects, his use of different kinds of paper, his agile drawing style and his ingenious chiaroscuro. Works on paper are extremely vulnerable, so many of the etchings here are modern impressions, but there are always some original etchings and etching plates on display. There is also an album of prints that visitors can browse to experience for themselves how people looked at prints in the seventeenth century.
The Rembrandt House Museum is renewing
The opening of the two new rooms is the first steps in a series of improvements planned for the spring of 2018. A totally revamped foyer will open at the end of April. The renovations are the first step on the road to further modernization and expansion of the museum complex. At their heart is the tangible presence of Rembrandt himself, his family, his pupils, his clients and his friends. The plans will be finalized by the museum in the near future.
The Rembrandt House Museum
Rembrandt lived and worked in this magnificent house, which is now a museum, between 1639 and 1658. Taking a contemporary inventory as the starting point, the house was restored with furniture, art and objects from the seventeenth century. Daily etching and paint demonstrations in the Rembrandt House show how he worked then. The Rembrandt House has an almost complete collection of Rembrandt’s etchings. Temporary exhibitions of work by Rembrandt, his contemporaries and later artists are regularly staged in the modern museum wing.
The Rembrandt House Museum receives a substantial financial contribution from the Amsterdam Fund for Art.
Society of Friends of the Rembrandt House Museum
The Rembrandt House Museum has an active Society of Friends. Together the Friends support the house where the most famous Dutch artist of the seventeenth century lived and worked for almost twenty years. The Society contributes towards particular projects undertaken by the museum, with the focus on special renovation projects in the years to come.
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