Rembrandts boedelafstand: een institutionele en politieke benadering

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In this contribution I investigate the cessio bonorum of Rembrandt van Rijn in relation to the relevant rules and institutions in Amsterdam. In the Rembrandt-case the procedural rules on the cessio bonorum were followed to a large extend. The crucial moment was the transaction of Rembrandt before the Orphans Chamber (one and a half month before the cessio bonorum) regarding his house on the Sint Anthonisbreestraat. Although Titus was regarded as owner of the house the execution sale nevertheless followed. The transaction for the Orphans Chamber raises many questions. Why did, for example, this transaction not trigger an actio pauliana of all creditors? Instead, the sale was forced by the Bankruptcy Chamber and the influential creditor Cornelis Witsen in a conflict with the Orphans Chamber. Witsen, however, could only force the sale because of the institutional and political power structures in the city government. In the end he was the only one who profited from the sale of the house.
Originele taal-2Dutch
Pagina's (van-tot)72-89
TijdschriftPro Memorie. Bijdragen tot de Rechtsgeschiedenis der Nederlanden
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - 2019


  • Rembrandt
  • cessio bonorum
  • actio pauliana
  • institutional history
  • legal history
  • Amsterdam

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