walking with marten soolmans and oopjen coppit

Emma Nieuws

click here for the walking route through Amsterdam

Since this month the world famous wedding portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit are on show, next to the Nightwatch in the Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt painted the young couple in 1634. The works have remained in private ownership until both counterparts were purchased by the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre (Paris) last year. They will alternately spend a period in the Netherlands and in France.

Oude Kerk has a special relationship with the work, its creator and the people portrayed. Rembrandt painted these portraits in the same year that he married Saskia van Uylenburgh. Their banns took place in Oude Kerk, and in 1642 Saskia was also buried here. Marten also found his final resting place here in 1641, in an unmarked grave. Marten and Oopjens footsteps lie largely in Amsterdam. Stroll past the places where they married, lived and are buried. Click here for the online map of the locations throughout Amsterdam.