Leiden is the city where Rembrandt was born, in his parents' miller's house on the Weddesteeg. It is also the city where he went to school, first to primary school, then to the Latin school at the Lokhorststraat, and finally to the University at the Rapenburg. Rembrandt's early life took place within the few kilometres from the Nieuwe Rijn to the southern city walls. Leiden was also where Rembrandt took his first painting lessons, with Jacob Isaacsz. van Swanenburg, who had his studio on the Langebrug.
|His friend and at times competitor Jan Lievens initially lived on the Pieterskerk-Choorsteeg and later on the Noordeinde. And Rembrandt's first pupils, Gerard Dou and Isaac de Jouderville, lived within walking distance of the Weddesteeg. Some of Rembrandt's contemporaries are represented in the collections of Leiden University Libraries and give context to the works of the master himself.|