Rembrandt van Rijn
rembrandtThe in Leiden born painter Rembrandt van Rijn decided in 1631 to move to Amsterdam. There he met the mayors daughter Saskia van Uylenburgh (which was originaly from Friesland). In 1634 they got married and moved into a house in the nieuwe Doelenstraat. Five years later they bought a merchant house in the Jodenbreestraat, what now is known under the name 'Rembrandthouse'. But they where not able to enjoy eachother for a very long time, because in 1642 Saskia died, leaving the by then eight months old son Titus behind.

In the period after this, it did not go well financially for Rembrandt. The many lawsuits which principals sued him with, because of not finished assignments, costs him a lot of money. In 1655 this causes his bankruptcy. He had to sell his house on the Jordenbreestraat and move to a hired house on the Rozengracht in the Jordaan. In that period many artists had a studio in the Jordaan. Together with the craftsmen they created a livelily atmosphere in the Jordaan.

steenrembrandtIn the house on the Rozengracht, what was still a canal at that time, Rembrandt's former maid Henfrickje Stoffels and his son Titus started an art and antiques shop. Rembrandt himself began a studio on the backhouse and no longer interfered with the financial affairs. Official he was even an employee of the artshop, which paid him the costs of living and lodging. Also Rembrandt gave lessons in a studio on the nearly situated Bloemgracht.

Today stone in the front of the current house on Rozengracht 184 still reminds us of the former house of Rembrandt.

In 1663 Hendrickje Stoffels died during the plague epidemic. she was buried in the Westerkerk. Five years later the by then 27 year old son Titus died, leaving the daughter Tita behind. But the tragedy continued, because this granddaughter of Rembrandt dies one year later. On four October 1669 also Rembrandt himself dies. On eight October he accompanies his son Titus and granddaughter Tita in a grave for the poor, at the Westerkerk.

Years later the graves of the poor besides the church are clearred and body get buried in the church itself. Which body belonged to Rembrandt van Rijn, was not know at that time.

A few years age they dug up, during a renovation of the church, the bones from these graves. The university of Amsterdam has, after thorough study, claimed they identified the skull of Rembrandt van Rijn.