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Most beautiful love story

Most beautiful love story

Win an original Rembrandt for your living room

Tell us what love means to you and win!

What does love mean to you?

Love. It is the most beautiful feeling in the world and has an individual meaning to each and everyone of us. We want to know from you: what does love mean to you? 

Your answer might be rewarded with a great prize: an original Rembrandt etching showing the master with his wife Saskia. 

In this etching, the thirty years old Rembrandt portrayed himself confidently looking up, while holding a porte-crayon (a two-ended chalk holder) and appears to be drawing on the sheet of paper before him. Behind him he portrayed his first wife Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612–1642), whom he married just two years earlier. Rembrandt most likely met Saskia while working for her cousin, Hendrick Uylenburgh, an art dealer who had a workshop in Amsterdam. The two married on June 22, 1634 and remained together for thirteen years until Saskia’s untimely death at the age of 30.

Saskia is said to have been very agreeable to the customers and because she was of high descent, she introduced him to a well-to-do seventeenth century Dutch clientèle. One is inclined to imagine Rembrandt felt a certain proudness for his Saskia, and by means of this print he communicates that to his buying audience.

Although Rembrandt has often painted and drawn his wife, of his entire graphic oeuvre, this is the only portrait of Rembrandt together with his wife.

"Self Portrait with Saskia"; signed and dated: Rembrandt. f. 1636; etching: 104 x 95 mm

How to win?

In the center: Head over to our video booth at the fountain square and tell us live what your essence of love is. Your video will be saved as an entry to win the Rembrandt etching.

Online: Entry the competition online by filling in your details and writing us what love means to you. 

The competition starts on 17th May 2019 and ends 7th July 2019 at the latest. The winner will be announced on 15th July 2019 on our website.

View the Terms & Conditions here.

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