Hansken, Rembrandt’s Elephant

She was famous across Europe: the Asian elephant Hansken. In the middle of the seventeenth century, she was the only living elephant on the European continent and was toured to markets, fairs, and courts. When Hansken was in Amsterdam, Rembrandt drew her. Click here for a 37-minute video.

Joining host Emma Waslander (center) for the 37-minute video are Michiel Roscam Abbing, guest curator and author of The book about Hansken and Leonore van Sloten, curator of The Rembrandt House Museum .

Hansken, Rembrandt’s Elephant presents works of art by Rembrandt and his contemporaries, historical documents, and a digital map on which you can follow Hansken’s trail through Europe.

In addition to the beautiful works of art made after her by Rembrandt and his contemporaries, this exhibition also sheds light on elephant welfare from today’s viewpoint. “Hansken, Rembrandt’s Elephant” is on view until 29 August, 2021 in The Rembrandt House Museum.

Click here for the July 14, 2021 article about the exhibit in the New York Times.