Young Rembrandt

October 30, 2020
Young Rembrandt

An immersive exploration of the little-known story ofRembrandt's formative years by a prize-winningbiographerRembrandt's life has always been an enigma. How did a miller'sson from a provincial Dutch town become the greatest artist in theworld? With his formative years shrouded in mystery, the onlyremaining evidence of Rembrandt's life as a young man is hiswork.Deeply rooted in the turbulent changes that his hometown wasundergoing, Rembrandt's early paintings tell a fascinating story ofartistic evolution against the backdrop of the widening horizons ofLeiden's cultural and commercial life during the Dutch Golden Age.Leiden's good fortune facilitated Rembrandt's. But who was thatyoung man inventing himself as the city around him grew andprospered? How did Rembrandt become Rembrandt?To find out, Leiden native Onno Blom immersed himself in theworld, the country, the city and the house in which Rembrandt wasborn in 1606 and where he spent the first twenty-five years of hislife. The result is a fascinating portrait of the artist as a youngman, rich in local and biographical detail, and restless in itsefforts to seek out the roots of his genius.Onno Blom (b. 1969) is a biographer, literarycritic, and columnist for de Volkskrant daily newspaper. He haspublished several books about writers and painters from his homecity of Leiden. In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious DutchBiography Prize for his book on the life of the sculptor, painterand novelist Jan Wolkers, which attracted controversy and became abestseller in the Netherlands.