In a year celebrating the life of a genius a house in the Netherlands takes centre stage.
The painter Rembrandt set up his first studio in an Amsterdam building. . This year sees the 400th anniversary of his birth and exhibitions are being held in the city and elsewhere to mark the occasion. Rembrandt was not just a great artist but also a fervent collector. “His collection was much more valuable than his house. He put all his money into his collection and when he went bankrupt he had to leave his house. But he immediately started again,” as one expert explained, the passion was to his detriment. One exhibition highlights works that were originally thought to Rembrandt’s but later found to be forgeries. The Master of Light was one of the brightest stars of the so-called Golden Era in the Netherlands. But he died in poverty in 1669 at the age of 63.