Weitkoperskapel 29, Saskia van Uylenburgh

Arts and heritage
Saskia van Uylenburgh was buried at the Oude Kerk on June 19, 1642 at the age of 29. Husband Rembrandt van Rijn bought the grave, but had to sell it again 20 years later in 1662 to pay for Hendrickje Stoffels' burial. The lives of Frisian-born Saskia Uylenburgh (1612-1642) and Leiden-born Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) are closely intertwined with the history of the Oude Kerk and its surrounding neighbourhood. Saskia was born into a wealthy Frisian family. She probably got to know Rembrandt through her cousin, the Amsterdam art dealer Hendrick Uylenburgh. In the summer of 1634, Rembrandt signed their marriage certificate in the Mirror Room of the Oude Kerk. From there, the newlyweds went to live with Saskia's cousin Hendrick's family on Jodenbreestraat. Their two sons (including Titus) were baptised in the Oude Kerk. Saskia was the model for numerous works by Rembrandt. He recorded the neighbourhood around Jodenbreestraat and Oude Doelenstraat in numerous etchings.