Visitors will travel back in time to the 17th century. They will experience a reconstruction of Rembrandt’s lost studio, where he created his last works.
Guests will meet Amsterdam’s most famous painter, as well as his mistress Hendrickje, son Titus, and daughter Cornelia.
Rembrandts Amsterdam was created by start-up company Citysaurus, Experiences with Impact. Citysaurus was founded by creative entrepreneurs, Simeon van Tellingen and Martin Poiesz.
“This is the story of Rembrandt, however we wanted to highlight different aspects of his life, most of them untold or unknown to the general public,” said van Tellingen.
Travel back in time to the 17th century
“For example, not a lot of people know that Rembrandt declared bankruptcy. He was forced to give up his grand residence (the Rembrandthuis) and his household effects were auctioned off.
“In order to ward off creditors, Rembrandt”s wife Hendrickje and son Titus legally became his employers. This enabled him to continue his work as a painter.”
Rembrandts Amsterdam is located at Leidseplein. Visitors will receive a free map of Amsterdam, but as it looked in the 17th century.
The map reveals locations in the city that are related to Rembrandt. This includes the place where he painted ‘The Night Watch’ and his previous home, ‘Het Rembrandthuis’.
“Rembrandt and his family moved into a house on the Rozengracht, near the Westerkerk,” said Poiesz.
“During this period, Rembrandt produced many of his best paintings, his late works. These paintings had a different style than his earlier work and contradicted the fine, detailed style of painting that was popular at the time.
“This enabled him to bring emotional depth to his work. This is the story we want to bring to life in an educational yet immersive experience.”
Rembrandts Amsterdam will be a permanent addition to the attractions of Amsterdam, and is scheduled to launch in late spring 2021.
Rembrandts Amsterdam created by Citysaurus
“We will not use written text on the wall or audio guides as found in other exhibitions about Rembrandt,” added van Tellingen.
“With the use of modern video, lighting, audio and special effects we aim at creating a more immersed experience, which results in a higher impact of understanding and appreciation.”
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