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Rembrandt Route

Is there anyone who doesn't know world-famous Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. But did you also know that Rembrandt enrolled as a student at Leiden University? This year is Rembrandt Year and the University will be displaying some of his works on a huge scale.

Portrait of Marten Soolmans. Painted by Rembrandt van Rijn.

Discover traces of Rembrandt at Leiden University

Did you know that Rembrandt enrolled as a student of the Arts in 1620? And that he made portraits of famous Leiden alumni such as Marten Soolmans, Jan Six and Nicolaes Tulp? If you are walking in the city centre from the spring of this year, you will see his paintings displayed on enormous canvases. You'll also learn more about the links between Rembrandt and Leiden University in a new book that accompanies the exhibition. 

Enrolled at Leiden University

Rembrandt was just 14 years old when he enrolled as a student at Leiden University. At that time 14 was not unusual for a university student. There is a book dating from 1620, now in the University Library, showing his registration. This may well be the first and oldest book mentioning Rembrandt.  

Anatomical lesson given by Dr Tulp. Painted by Rembrandt van Rijn.

The Leiden University Libraries hold around a hundred prints by Rembrandt, as well as a number of drawings and works by his pupils and colleagues. Curator Jef Schaeps is producing a booklet presenting work from Rembrandt's Leiden period. (Publisher: Leiden University Press, provisional.

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