High art becomes body art as visitors to Amsterdam's Rembrandt House Museum get inked
June 18, 2023
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Henk Schiffmaker's needle whirrs as he tattoos the familiar lines of an elephant on Lilian Rachmaran's back.
"Highbrow to lowbrow" is how the famous Dutch tattoo artist describes his latest project — inking sketches by Rembrandt van Rijn onto the skin of visitors to the building the Golden Age master once called home.
Or call it high art to body art.
The Rembrandt House Museum has transformed one of its rooms into a tattoo parlor for a residency it calls "A Poor Man's Rembrandt," featuring Schiffmaker and other top Amsterdam tattoo artists for a week starting Monday.