The Rembrandt tulip is a bi-coloured variety of the flower that was popular during “Tulip Mania” in 17th-century Europe. At the time, bulbs demanded a hefty price and caught the imagination of Dutch artists, who depicted them in their paintings.
The 2021 blend of tulip was chosen in part because the colouring is similar to the costume of the main figure in Rembrandt’s Heroine from the Old Testament (1632/33).
The canvas, which belongs to the National Gallery of Canada, will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition, opening on 14 May 2021, the same day as the Canadian Tulip Festival.
Half a million Rembrandt Blend tulips will bloom across Canada in the spring of 2021, thanks in part to your support.
Funds from the bulb sales will support the Canadian Tulip Festival.