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The Rembrandthuis

After living and working in various rented houses, Rembrandt contracted to buy the house later known as the Rembrandthuis in January 1639 for 13,000 guilders. It tumed out to be a terrible investment. The house had been built in 1606 and had been owned by the wealthy Pieter Belten of Antwerp (1565-1626). He had enlarged it at the rear, and had a gallery built in the inner courtyard. In 1627,  [ Read More ]

from: “The Legend and the Man,” in The World of Rembrandt: 1606-1669 (Time-Life Library of Art), Walter Wallace, New York, 1968, pp. 17-25 In life Rembrandt suffered far more misfortune than falls to the lot of an ordinary man, and he bore it with the utmost nobility. Three centuries after his death the misfortune, if a man long deceased can be said to endure such a thing, continues. To be  [ Read More ]

1589 Rembrandt’s parents marry in the reformed Pieterskerk in Leiden. Rembrandt’s fater, Gerritsz van Rijn (the river Rijn)was the only member of his family who converted from Catholicism to Protestantism (after 1630). Rembrandt’s mother, Neeltgen Willemsdr. van Zuytbrouck, was the daughter of a baker (after 1640). Rembrandt’s parents had 10 children , two died in infancy. Rembrandt was the 8th child. In 1640, 4 children were still living: a shoemaker,  [ Read More ]

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn Leiden 1606 – Amsterdam 1669 Rembrandt was born in Leiden on July 15, 1606 – his full name Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. He was the son of a miller. Despite the fact that he came from a family of relatively modest means, his parents took great care with his education. Rembrandt began his studies at the Latin School, and at the age of 14 he was  [ Read More ]

Andrea del Sarto

Andrea del Sarto — As with “Fra Lippo Lippi,” in this dramatic monologue Browning’s speaker is a real-life Renaissance Italian painter. Andrea d’Agnolo di Francesco di Luca di Paolo del Migliore (1486-1531) was a masterful fresco painter with superb technique, but he is not renowned for making any new advances in technique or style. Once again, Browning took all his facts for Andrea’s life from the book Lives of the  [ Read More ]

Niko and Georgian society

First article about Niko Pirosmani and his art was published in Georgian newspaper “Temi” as early as 1913, but Georgian society still knew very little about him. First who showed interest in artist’s fate among Georgians was Dito Shevardnadze. He arrived in Georgia in 1916, and he immediately noticed paintings which were decorating dukhans nearby Tbilisi rail station. At that year he had an idea to make a connection between  [ Read More ]

Discovering Pirosmani

The 19th century was coming to its end, that was the period of important political events as well as the period of flourishing of Georgian culture, many famous and talented people were working at that time, such as writers and poets Ilia Chavchavadze – who was murdered for his prominent political views, Akaki Tsereteli, Vaja Pshavela – poet and writer in love with the nature, Iakob Gogebashvili – who wrote  [ Read More ]


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