Rembrandt’s Birthplace – Leiden

During the 17th century, Leiden was considered to be the second largest city in Holland. Leiden was once a thriving center for trade and textile manufacturing. However, Leiden is famous for being the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn. He lived in Weddesteeg, Leiden with his parents, brothers, and sisters. Though the actual house has not been found, historians have reconstructed the house and the surrounding area. Rembrandt’s artistic style thrived and much of his inspiration came from Leiden. His early career took off in the fascinating city of Leiden where he produced more than forty paintings including The Spectacles Salesman, 1624 and a self-portrait. He was educated in the Latin School and briefly attended Leiden University. He unenrolled and started an apprenticeship with Jan Steen.