As the most famous Frisian bridal couple ever, Rembrandt and Saskia form the central theme. Their story is at the same time the story of a ‘high-society marriage’ in the seventeenth century and spans all phases, from courtship to the drawing up of a will. What precedes the most important step in a lifetime and what does such a fancy wedding involve? What value is attached to marriage and how does life unfold after the wedding when love and suffering must be shared?
The exhibition places the lives of Rembrandt and Saskia in context. We combine the portraits with objects and true stories and personal documents. In this way we can paint a very complete and realistic picture of marriage in the Dutch Golden Age. Based on the lives of Rembrandt and Saskia, visitors discover that marriage vows at that time scarcely differed from those exchanged today.
For more information: https://www.friesmuseum.nl/te-zien-en-te-doen/tentoonstellingen/rembrandt-a-saskia/