350 years since his death Rembrandt and United Airlines


Thank you to Hemispheres, United Airlines Magazine, for publishing my story about Rembrandt. More than a dozen museums in the Netherlands, will put on exhibits to mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt Van Rijn’s death. Here is a by-the-numbers guide:

If you are flying this month, see my article on page 34, or click here to find it online.

Thank you to United Airlines! Lisa Niver
Rembrandt by Lisa Niver in Hemispheres United Magazine

What will your legacy be? Join the celebration of one of the world’s greatest painters in the Netherlands. It has been 350 years since Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn’s death and his art will be exhibited all over the country from The Hague, Leiden, Leeuwarden with many exhibits in Amsterdam.

  • 18: The number of paintings on exhibit at Mauritshuis in the Hague ‘Rembrandt en het Mauritshuis’ including The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp and Rembrandt’s late self-portrait.
  • 1639-1656: Rembrandt lived at Jodenbreestraat 4, now the Rembrandt House Museum for 17 years where there will be three exhibits of his life and work including ‘Rembrandt’s Social Network,’ ’Inspired by Rembrandt,’ and ‘Laboratorium Rembrandt’
  • 13,000:  In 1639, Rembrandt paid 13,000 guilders for his home which now is The Rembrandt House Museum.
  • 210: The number of years The Night Watch, one of the most famous paintings in the world, has been at Rijksmuseum (since 1808). It has been in 3 locations: from 1642 at Kloveniersdoelen in Amsterdam until 1715 when it was moved to the Town Hall and since then at Rijksmuseum.
  • 19: Rembrandt opened his own art studio when he was nineteen and was teaching others how to paint by the time he was 21. 
  • 600: Rembrandt painted over 600 paintings, influenced other painters throughout history and is considered on the of the greatest artists in history.
  • 100: Rembrant charged his advanced students 100 guilders per year, not including lodging. He did not teach beginners and did sell his students’ work.
  • 1619: Rembrand’s first lessons were in Leiden by master Jacob van Swanenburgh visit the historic location: The Rembrandt Lokaal at the RembrandtLAB which is an initiative by Museum De Lakenhal, Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Leiden Marketing and Cultuurfonds.
  • 1637: Rembrandt drew Hansken, a young female elephant, who was brought by a VOC (Dutch East India Company) ship to Amsterdam, this is believed to be the first portrait of an Asian elephants described by science. What was the port like? At Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam take a a Virtual Reality journey called “Dare to Discover” back to the Dutch Golden Age. See the port, city and wave to a departing Dutch East India Company’s ship.
  • 400,000: Explore the Dutch Golden Age in 3 museums on the Citywalk ‘Amsterdam Original’ at Het Scheepvaartmuseum with 400,000 artifacts and 500 years of history (The National Maritime Museum), the Portuguese Synagogue which was built in 1675 after the Jews escaped from Spain and Portugal and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (the Rembrandt House Museum) where Rembrandt lived for 20 years.
  • 30: For the first time ever, see 30 colossal 17th century group portraits from the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum which will be show at the Hermitage Amsterdam. Due to their size, they are rarely exhibited they are the ‘brothers and sisters’ of the famous ‘Night Watch’ by Rembrandt van Rijn.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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