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 Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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