Pieter Blaeu, son of the succesful publisher of maps, globes and books, is a young and light hearted lad. He aspires to become an art expert, writer, and translator. His father’s business does not appeal to him very much.
His interests are wider than just sales and commerce. He wants to know about society, social life, politics, arts and especially about artists. Mainly Rembrandt (1606-1669) captures his attention. He tries to meet the famous painter, not an easy task in 1667 because Rembrandt leads a reclusive life.
Pieter Blaeu is working on a biography on the object of his admiration. He sketches his youth, his successes, his boundless urge to collect, his ideas about painting, his contact with renowned contemporaries (Spinoza, Constantin Huygens, Menasa Ben Israël, other painters) and finally his bankruptcy and last years spent in poverty and reclusion.
In this fictitious biography written by Rembrandt’s contemporary, Sarah Emily Miamo puts a truckload of information about the artist and his ideas about art. Apart from the usual prose, the book also contains a section meant to be performed on stage.