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Rembrandt van Rijn
July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669
Westerkerk - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Rembrandt is considered to be one of the greatest painters in history.  His over 600 paintings, 300 etchings, and 2,000 drawings were often mythological or biblical in nature, and extremely photorealistic.

 

 

It is believed that upon his death in October of 1669, Rembrandt was buried at Westerkerk.  When the church's heating system was replaced in its most recent renovation, many old graves in and under the building were relocated.  It is possible that Rembrandt’s remains were removed at that time - however, no one is sure, as his body has never been identified.

 

 

To commemorate the final resting area of Rembrandt as well as his 300th birthday, this stone marker was erected in 1906.  It is the only "tombstone" that exists for the artist.

 

 

Once you gain entrance to Westerkerk, you cannot miss this marker.  It is on the left side of the church.

 

Factoid:   It is believed that Rembrandt suffered from Stereo Blindness and that it helped him translate the three dimensional world onto canvas.

 

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