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THE REMBRANDT VAN RIJN ABRIDGED BIOGRAPHY
A FORMAL EDUCATION, CHAPTER III

"...turned his attention to his real love, drawing and painting." Religion was emphasised at the Latin School in Leyden where Rembrandt studied from his seventh to his fourteenth year. Here the students conversed in Latin, and Rembrandt learned the Latin form of his name Rembrantus Harmensis Leydensis (Rembrandt the son of Harmen of Leyden). From the Latin version of his name, Rembrandt composed the monogram "RHL" that he later used in signing some of his early works.
    On 20 May 1620, when he was not yet fourteen years old, the name of "Rembrandt Hermani Leidensis" appears in the register of students at the Leyden School. Records indicate that he passed the course with high marks and matriculated to the University of Leyden. In Rembrandt’s time this university was equal to any school in Europe. It seems, however, that Rembrandt did not stay registered at the university for more than a month or two nor did he pursue his formal education much beyond this point.
    It was sometime during this same year, 1620, that Rembrandt turned his attention to his real love, drawing and painting. Still, Rembrandt never discounted the importance of his formal education and utilised it throughout his life to recall, in precise detail in his mythical and historical paintings, the texts he had meticulously studied during his years at the Latin School.

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