Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel


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Always innovative and often provocative, Rembrandt, Biography of a Rebel shows how this famous painter turned the art world of the “Golden Age” upside down. Rembrandt was not merely an innovator, he was a rebel.
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Rembrandt van Rijn was as son of a Leiden miller who broke all the rules of art. He would work his way up to become one of the greatest artists and storytellers of all time. His life and career were not one big success story, however. He had more than his fair share of turbulent relationships, financial worries, professional disappointments, and personal losses.

In Rembrandt, Biography of a rebel curator Jonathan Bikker takes us on a journey through all the highs and lows of Rembrandt’s life in 17th-century Leiden and Amsterdam. He shows how ingenious Rembrandt was and how innovative his work was. The book brings the artist back to life.

The Rijksmuseum manages the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings in the world with masterpieces such as The Night Watch, The Jewish Bride, The Steel Masters and the portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. In addition, the museum offers a representative overview of his drawings and etchings. All these works enable us to better understand the artist’s life and work. And also for his life history, the more we know, the greater our appreciation for the art of this master painter.

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Dutch, English


Jonathan Bikker

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