They were one of the most famous bridal couples of the seventeenth century: In 1634, Saskia Uylenburgh, the daughter of a mayor, educated, fearless, and wealthy, married Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, a miller's son, and rebellious and penniless artist.
Sadly, their love lasted less than ten years. In those years, Saskia became an important figure for Rembrandt's rise in the 1630s. Her wealth, her reputation, and her access to Amsterdam’s upper classes ensured flourishing business. Rembrandt painted many portraits of Saskia and incorporated her likeness in various history and genre scenes.
This book sketches a picture of marriage in the time of Rembrandt and Saskia. Marriage portraits, intimate sketches and personal objects tell the story of how love and suffering were shared in the Dutch Golden Age.