This year (2019) commemorates the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. It has been marked by numerous exhibitions. “Young Rembrandt: Rising Star”, now showing at the Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden, will come to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, in February 2020. Both the exhibition and this book pose the same question: how did Rembrandt become Rembrandt? How did a miller’s son from a provincial city in Holland, born at the dawn of the 17th century, become one of the most famous painters in the world? Both seek the answer in his native city of Leiden.