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Netherlands - Culture: Rembrandt



Netherlands - Culture: Rembrandt
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.28

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     challenging words:    well-off, teaching, dealer, greatly, chiaroscuro, relationship, university, tragedy, pneumonia, affected, refused, unknown, culture, marriage, country, despite
     content words:    Golden Age, Rembrandt Harmenszoon, But Saskia


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Netherlands - Culture: Rembrandt
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     The Netherlands is a country of great culture. Many years ago, the Netherlands enjoyed a "Golden Age" of art and culture. During this time, the Netherlands produced some of Europe's greatest works of art and culture. And at the center of Dutch culture is a man named Rembrandt. Rembrandt's story is one of love, tragedy, death, and lots of art.
 
2     Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born July 15, 1606, in Leiden, Netherlands. He was one of 7, 9, or 10 children, depending who you ask. Whatever the case, his family was well-off. His father owned a mill and his mother was the daughter of a baker. As a boy and young man, he was a distracted student. He went to Latin school, then to a university, but his mind was always on painting.
 
3     He dropped out of the university to study painting. He studied briefly in Leiden, but went on to Amsterdam, Netherlands' capital city. By the time he was 21, he was such a good painter, he was teaching it. He earned a reputation as a great painter. Important people in Amsterdam took notice. He was asked to paint many portraits there.

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