My Rembrandt Connection

Saskia with a Child – pen and wash by Rembrandt – circa 1636

Saskia with a Child – pen and wash by Rembrandt – circa 1636

Saskia van Uylenburgh

Saskia van Uylenburgh

I have not yet come upon a connection between myself and the royal family – but once in a while I come close toa relationship with a famous person. I this case it is a linkage to the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn – it may be far-fetched, but none-the less very worthy of mentioning.
(Baukje Hoekstra – daughter of Jan Romkes Hoekstra son of – Antje Baukes van der Woud daughter of – Trijntje Folkerts de Boer daughter of – Neeltje Justus Crans daughter of – (Joost) Justus Klases Crans son of – Dieuwke Klases Heixan daughter of – Klaas Jansen Heixan, son of – Jan Carels Heixan, son of – Siouckjen Vallinc (Valkia), daughter of –
Hester Johannes van Loo, daughter of – Jan (Joannes) Boudewijn van Loo (abt 1563-1600)
Hester Johannes van Loo was my mother’s 9th great-grandmother. She was one of 8 children – among her siblings a brother Gerrit Johannes van Loo, which would then be my 10th great-grand-uncle. Gerrit, or also Gerard van Loo, was a lawyer and secretary in the grietenij Het Bildt. On Sept. 23, 1627 Gerrit entered into his second marriage with Hisck (Hiskje) van Uylenburgh, a daughter of Sjoukje Ozinga and Rombertus van Uylenburgh, who was a top lawyer, a town mayor, and one of the founders of the University of Franeker.

Rembrandt and Saskia in the parable of the Prodigal Son – oil on canvas – abt 1635

Rembrandt and Saskia in the parable of the Prodigal Son – oil on canvas – abt 1635

Saskia looking out of a window – Pen in brown, brown wash – 1634-1635

Saskia looking out of a window – Pen in brown, brown wash – 1634-1635

In 1624, after the death of his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gerrit became the guardian of his wife’s underage siblings, Titia Uylenburgh, Edzert Ulenburgh, Saskia Uylenburgh, who was 12 years old at this time, and who later married the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, who was the son of a wealthy miller from Leiden.
In 1631, in the company of the Mennonite painters Govert Flinck and Jacob Backer, Saskia traveled to Amsterdam. Supposedly Saskia Uylenburgh met Rembrandt there, at the home of her uncle, Hendrick van Uylenburgh, a painter and art dealer. Rembrandt produced paintings and portraits for Uylenburgh’s Amsterdam clients. For a while Saskia lived in Franeker when her sister Antje was ill. After Antje’s burial, Saskia assisted her brother-in-law, the Polish theology professor Johannes Maccovius, until she married Rembrandt in 1634.

Statue of Rembrandt and his wife Saskia in St. Annaparochie

Sint Annaparochie, bronzen beeld van de schilder Rembrandt van Rijn en zijn vrouw Saskia van Uylenburgh. Het beeld is gemaakt door Suze Boschma-Berkhout.
1 June 2011

Saskia and Rembrandt were engaged in 1633, and on 10 June 1634 Rembrandt asked permission to marry in Sint Annaparochie. He showed his mother’s written consent to the schepen. On 2 July the couple married. The preacher was Saskia’s cousin, but evidently none of Rembrandt’s family attended the marriage. That Saskia fell in love with an artist who was socially no match for the daughter of a patrician and that she pressed for a speedy betrothal against all conventions certainly shows that she was a very strong and independent character. In 1635 the couple moved to one of the posh streets in Amsterdam, the Nieuwe Doelenstraat, with prominent neighbors and a view of the river Amstel.Rembrandt gained financial success through his artwork, and decided in 1639 to buy a house in the Jodenbreestraat, next to the place where he worked. A year before, by July 16, 1638, Saskia’s Friesian relatives complained that Saskia was spoiling her inheritance. Rembrandt asked his brother-in-law Ulricus van Uylenburgh, also a lawyer, to help them out, confirming he was successful and able to pay for the house.
Three of their children died shortly after birth and were buried in the nearby Zuiderkerk. The sole survivor was Titus, who was named after his mother’s sister Titia (Tietje) van Uylenburgh. Saskia died the year after he was born, aged 29, probably from tuberculosis. She was buried in the Oude Kerk.

So I am not really related to Rembrandt – but there is a connection.
Some of our kids are quite artsy, but they did not get it from one of the most well known Dutch artists.

Information from Saskia van Uylenburgh – Wikipedia and Images from Wikipedia.org