My artwork for the Rijksmuseum

Cornelia Inspired by Rembrandt van Rijn

On March 30th i digitally send my artwork for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It is 350 years ago this year, that Rembrandt van Rijn (the dutch artist in the golden age) died.

The Rijksmuseum gives artists the space to hand in their work and if you are selected, it may be possible that your work will be displayed at the summer exhibition. I am very enthusiastic and of course hope that my artwork will be accepted. And then you can seen my work at the exhibition in the Rijksmuseum, that would be fantastic.

My painting is inspired by Rembrandt, after researching his life i started sketching. The story came alive during my research. I will keep the story behind it for myself for now. But i will tell you more about it later. Wish me luck! #langleverembrandt

In the meantime there have been selections and unfortunately my artwork is not included. I really enjoyed participating and was delighted to be inspired by rembrandt.

The love, the symbolism, the marriage, the intimacy. Rembrandt and his wife Saskia and their love story.

A period of blossom and prosperity, but still those misfortune. The couple had four children, three of whom died shortly after birth. Titus, the youngest child, lived the longest. The first Child was a boy, and two girls (both named Cornelia). So i painted one daughter Cornelia as an adult woman in a beautiful white exotic dress, with blue images of Rembrandt’s most famous work, the act of love, the lion, his beloved wife Saskia van Uylenburg and an image of the master painter himself. A white dress as a symbol of death. Cornelia is wearing a Silver wedding heart, with an image of a mother and a child in a crib with those beautiful words engraved, “Love is the beginning, that is beyond everything, because where there is no love, one cannot praise God there, “it says. In the background the church Sint Anna parochie in Friesland where her parents were married. The lost daughter “Cornelia” the second child of Saskia and Rembrandt who died after birth. Born from love. Child mortality was common in the 17th century, immortalizing your child on canvas was not strange in this period.

One year after giving birth to son Titus, his beloved wife Saskia died in 1642 from tuberculosis. The exact location where Saskia was buried in the Oude Kerk (Amsterdam) was established in the fifties of the twentieth century by archivist Bep Bijtelaar. Her name with date of death was carved in an old tombstone on that spot. Every year on March 9 at exactly eight past eight in the morning the sun falls on the grave. Rembrandt never married again. I believe they married out of love.

My artwork as a symbol for Love and loss, an ode to Rembrandt and Saskia.

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