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 television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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