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Saskia van Uylenburgh
Leeuwarden, Het Hof van Friesland
July 3, 1634
Saskia, in the presence of her brand new husband Rembrandt van Rijn, filed a complaint and thereby renounces the property assets of her family.
After that she leaves Friesland for Amsterdam.
Saskia and Rembrandt walk here in front of the current ‘Kanselarij’ on the current Turfmarkt 13 (nowadays an entire street without a canal). Then the Hof van Friesland on a street with canals and bridges (because of this, this current street also has so many street names in one small street: Turfmarkt, Tweebaksmarkt and Druifstreek). The edges of the canals are photographed of the current canals in Leeuwarden.
Saskia van Uylenburgh was the wife of the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn and was the model for a number of his important works. The couple had four children, three of whom died shortly after birth. Titus, the youngest child, survived the longest. Rembrandt never married again.
Saske (Saskia) Uylenburgh (1612 – 1642) was born and baptized in Leeuwarden. She was the youngest of eight children from a good family and named after her grandmother. She was an afterthought. Her father was 58 years old at birth and her mother 47 years old. Her father was involved in the foundation of the Franeker University of Applied Sciences. In 1584 he became one of the mayors of Leeuwarden, also a delegate from the province of Friesland to The Hague. He was invited to Delft for a consultation with Willem the Silent, who was murdered by Balthasar Gerards after consuming a midday meal with her father. She was an orphan at the age of twelve. In 1628, Saskia’s parental home was sold and she came into the care of her elder sister Hiskia (Hiskje) in Sint Annaparochie. That is where the religious blessing for the marriage took place on July 2, 1634. The banns and civil marriage took place in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. Rembrandt signed the banns register on 10 June 1634. Reverend Johannes Silvius signed for Saskia Uylenburgh.
The series Leeuwarden Lonkt
Maartje Roos has captured fragments from the lives of famous Leeuwarders in a contemporary manner. Recognizable locations and elements of the current city have been used to go back in time. The Stadhouderlijk Hof, for example, can be seen in its old form by using modern photo techniques and the still-present parts of buildings in the city.
In total, so far, 33 extras have posed in historical costumes. Three dogs, three horses, a cat and birds have appeared before the lens. Special ballet clothing had to be made. And it has been quite a quest to get the right ballet hall, pram, grand piano, mirror and car from that time. Even the actual household effects of Troelstra were unpacked from the Tresoar store in Winschoten for the first time after fifteen years.