saskia breakfast

9 March 2022

*the language of communication during this programme is Dutch

Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612-1642) – ‘huysvrouw’ and Rembrandt’s muse – is buried in the Oude Kerk. Every year on 9 March, at exactly nine-thirty in the morning, a ray of sunlight falls on her grave. For years, this is commemorated with music and spoken word during the Saskia Breakfast.

The lives of Rembrandt van Rijn and Saskia van Uylenburgh are closely intertwined with the history of the Oude Kerk. Rembrandt and Saskia’s two sons were baptised in the Oude Kerk, they signed their marriage vows in the Spiegelkamer (mirror room) and Saskia van Uylenburgh was buried there in 1642 at the age of 29.

Last two years, the Saskia Breakfast could not take place due to the corona measures. But this year the beloved Saskia Breakfast is back! Framed by music, a small breakfast and a welcome/introduction by our new director Mariette Dölle. You will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition The Fall by Susan Philipsz. Especially for the visitors of the Saskia Breakfast the doors of the museum will open one hour earlier.

7.20 doors open
7.45 breakfast is ready
7.50 church bells ring
8.15 sunrise with welcome and music
8.39 moment around Saskia’s grave
8.50 introduction Mariette Dölle
9.00 possibility to visit the sound installation of Susan Philipsz

During the Saskia breakfast there will be music. This year the organist of the Oude Kerk, Jacob Lekkerkerker, will be playing the Vater Muller organ and 30-year-old Elisabeth Hubmann will be soloing on the transept organ.

In Saskia’s honour, an improvisation from Mein Junges Leben hat Ein End by the country’s most famous composer, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1561-1621), will be performed. After the Reformation, Sweelinck laid the foundation for public concerts in the Oude Kerk. Young organists from all over Europe came to Amsterdam to be taught by him. Last year, on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of Sweelinck’s death, the life and work of Sweelinck was commemorated during the Sweelinck Festival in the Oude Kerk and at numerous other venues in the city. The lives of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Saskia partly overlap; Saskia was 9 when Sweelinck died and was buried in the Oude Kerk.

Tickets (only available online)
07:45 – 9:00 (doors open 07:20)

Although demand is high, we try to keep the event small-scale so that all attendees can enjoy the programme and breakfast is available for everyone.

Photo: Maarten Nauw