Rembrandt was born in the city of Leiden. The city hosted a series of Rembrandt days on the 13th and 14th of July 2019 to celebrate the 350th anniversary of his 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.
If you'd like to see the full 2019 series, download the PDF catalogue by clicking here.
The Rembrandt Days were held again in 2022. This festival, which was launched in the shadow of the pandemic, took witchcraft, harsh justice and the plague as its defining themes. The young Rembrandt continued to paint, but he was confronted by complaining clients, pestilence, and the stink of death and despair---and somehow all of this was portrayed in the spirit of "let's just make the most of it."
If you'd like to see the full 2022 series, download the PDF catalogue by clicking here.