Two new rooms have been opened in the Rembrandt House Museum: a small office and a print room. In the small office Rembrandt used to keep on top of his paperwork. In the print room the role and importance of Rembrandt’s etchings is shown through a selection of his work.
Rembrandt’s Small Office
The Voorhuys is situated immediately behind the familiar green door on the ground floor. This was where people entered Rembrandt’s house and the place where he conducted business. A space has now been created in the Voorhuys to give an impression of a little office like the one Rembrandt must have used to keep on top of his paperwork. Aside from being an artist and a teacher, Rembrandt was also an active businessman. The office contains furniture and objects based on historical images and documents from the archives.
The Print Room
The new print room is in a closed attic space. It is a unique presentation highlighting the importance of Rembrandt’s etching: its great artistic quality, his favourite subjects, his use of different kinds of paper, his agile drawing style and his ingenious chiaroscuro. Works on paper are extremely vulnerable, so many of the etchings here are modern impressions, but there are always some original etchings and etching plates on display. There is also an album of prints that visitors can browse to experience for themselves how people looked at prints in the seventeenth century.