Are you visiting Amsterdam soon? Well, then it should be essential for you to remember the name, Rembrandt!
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch painter who is often considered as one of the greatest visual artists in history and as the most important one in Dutch history. So you can see why it would be necessary to remember him when visiting the Dutch capital.
Lucky for you, Clio Muse has expanded to Amsterdam and is now providing a tour that allows you to fully take in Rembrandt and experience his neighborhood by walking through 13 stops! Not only will you be learning more about and following in the footsteps of a great artist, but you will also be able to experience what the Dutch Golden Age was like all while also experiencing many prominent buildings and architectural sites in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam became one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the beginning of the 17th century, and that is precisely the time that Rembrandt was born. Art was flourishing at the time, and most people had paintings in their homes, and that is the time when Rembrandt was being called a “miracle of our time.”
The tour will start at Dam Square which is the oldest square in the capital and the birthplace of the city. You will also walk past the magnificent new City Hall which contemporaries considered as the eighth wonder of the world. The heart of De Wallen neighbourhood contains De Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Amsterdam where Rembrandt baptised three of his children and where his wife Saskia was buried, would be your next stop. You will next walk past what used to be the medieval city port. Let go of your imaginations here and picture sailors docking on the port after months of sailing to look for some fun; the reason why the Red Light District developed in this area!
Next on the list would be the De Waag building, the oldest secular building in Amsterdam, where Rembrandt one of his most famous works. This building also contained the office of the ‘S. Lucas Guild’, the guild of the painters. Rembrandt became a member of this guild which gave him the right to sell his works in Amsterdam.
Het Trippenhuis is next on the list, and it is a famous building known for being one of the widest houses in Amsterdam. The owners were important clients of Rembrandt, and it was also the place where many of his works were first displayed before the construction of the Rijksmuseum in 1885.
You will get to walk past many more sites including the Dutch East India Company, which was the first international company in the world and the place where Rembrandt bought a lot of the paintings and exotic goods from around the world. You will also walk past buildings that were owned by Rembrandt’s clients and where he did and sold his works including Star House and Jan Six.
Alumuniumbrug is the street where Rembrandt lived with his wife for some time and where he created some of his paintings.
Hotel NH Doelen is next on the list, and it is famous for being the first place where Rembrandt’s painting “The Night Watch” was first displayed. This painting was considered one of his best works and made him even more famous than he was. Now it is displayed at the Rijksmuseum.
You will also walk past several sites including the Draper’s Guild where he created his famous “Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild” as well as Staalmeestersbrug, the church where his son Titus was baptised. Blauwburg(The Blue Bridge) is also a part of the tour and is a place where Rembrandt worked. Walk across it and get transported back to the Golden Ages of the 17th century and imagine Rembrandt standing across from you, drawing away!
De Omwal, Rembrandthuis Museum, Montelbaan Tower and much more are also included as part of this tour and will allow you to further follow in the footsteps of this great visual artist and painter.
So what are you waiting for? If you are in Amsterdam, get your audio tour offered by Clio Muse and get transported back to the Golden Ages of the 17th century and the time of Rembrandt. Who knows, maybe you will be greatly inspired by remembering and following in the footsteps of the great Rembrandt.