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Painter and etcher Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Ryn (1606 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is considered one of the greatest artists in European art history and the most important in Dutch history.

The House of Rembrandt Museum

The House of Rembrandt Museum is in the Jodenbreestraat in Amsterdam. His house is now a museum. Rembrandt bought the house in 1639 and lived there until he went bankrupt in 1656.

Dutch Golden Age painting

Dutch Golden Age painting is a period of painting in Dutch history. The Golden Age is a period in the 17th century in which Dutch trade, science, and art was among the most famed in the world.

The Song Text of Tulips in Amsterdam

The text of the great Dutch song "Tulpen uit Amsterdam", "Tulips from Amsterdam".

The Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch Golden Age was a period in Dutch history during the 17th century, in which business, science, and arts in Holland were among the most acclaimed in the world.

The "Schreierstoren" ("Weeper's Tower") in Amsterdam

The "Schreierstoren" ("Weeper's Tower" or "Tower of Tears") was built in the 15th century as a defensive tower in the Amsterdam city wall. The wall is gone, the tower still stands.

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (better known as Erasmus was born on October 27, 1466 or 1469 in the city of Rotterdam. He was a Dutch Renaissance humanist and Catholic Christian theologian.

A quick history of Amsterdam

At the crossing of the water Y and the Amstel River a dam was built. From this "Dam on the Amstel", "Amstel Dam", the city derives her name "Amsterdam".

"Begijnhof" ("Beguine Court") in Amsterdam

The "Beguine Court" was founded during the Middle Ages. A nice tranquil place inside Amsterdam. It is at medieval street level, a metre below the rest of the old city centre.

The 1763 Amsterdam Credit Crunch

A credit crisis is of all ages. Like the one of 1763, in that year about 30 Amsterdam banks and trading firms filed for bankruptcy. Read more about an antique Dutch etching depicting the Amsterdam crisis of 1763.

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