De anatomische les van Dr. Nicolaes Tulp

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The above scene was the work of the painter, Rembrandt. Rembrandt is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of Europe and certainly thought of as one of the most prominent artists in Dutch history. The prolific painter created many portraits and enjoyed fame and success in his lifetime rather than posthumously, which seems to be the case more often than not with many historic artists. In ‘De anatomische les…’ above you can see Dr Nicolaes Tulp demonstrating to a crowd of medical students and professionals the intricacy of the interior of an arm. The deceased, central to the painting, was a criminal who had been hung earlier that day. Apart from being a work of the great Rembrandt ‘De anatomische les…’ was also one of our main activities in today’s ‘De Nederlands les’!

Using prepositions of place we had learnt over the lesson we were tasked with recreating the above scene using only Dutch instructions.  This task is actually quite difficult to do in your native language, each persons perspective is different to that of the ‘artist’ or the person leading the arrangement of people! Nevertheless together we succeeding in creating a modern version of Rembrandt’s artwork. *No students were harmed in this process!*

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