Rembrandt was born in the city of Leiden. Ever since, the city has had a love-hate relationship with the great artist. His birth home was shockingly knocked down in the 1970s to make way for social housing. Simultaneously, plaques and statues were erected to honor his birthplace, his school, the studio where he apprenticed, and various sources of his artistic inspiration in the city.
Leiden hosted a series of Rembrandt days on the 13th and 14th of July 2019 to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth. For the celebration, the Pieters quarter was transformed into an "authentic as possible" 17th century setting, complete with several hundred volunteer actors and actresses, historical sketches and period decorations. This series presents street portraits taken at a number of the different skits presented during Leiden's Rembrandt Days celebration.