Am I like Rembrandt's Daughter?
From this book, I notice the word Vader means father, and Moeder means mother. At first I thought Vader was a name, then after Cornelia mention “my vader, their vader” for a while I kind of get the clue that vader means father after Cornelia call Rembrandt “Vader”. It seems that artist in the past like to pick a theme for their painting, like a scene from the bible. Both Cornelia and Titus’ mother pass away long ago, how does feel like to grow up with someone whom the town people call “crazy man”, won’t their way of thinking be affect? At least from Cornelia’s point of view I found out that she think about things the way normal people do.
Recently I read pages 47-118 in I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, by Lynn Cullen. I enjoy reading this book, it tells the how hope could still raise in a plain, every day life. It fulfill little girls dreams. I couldn’t hold my curiosity of the painting describe in the book, I actually check online to see them.
"Peter Deanying Christ" This painting was mentioned several times in the book.
A part from the book that stand out for me is: “ Which biblical story do you use to convey it? Neel asks as he grinds. “ Jesus and his moeder? Anna and Tobit? David”- he glances at me- and “ Bathsheba?”
Why does he squirm so when he mention Bathsheba? I have no care for the story of the silly women. Let her have her King David. No difficult choice.”
The reactions of the character in this book to Bathsheba, make me wonder about the story of Bathsheba and King David, a story I had not heard about. I went to check online to read the story, and found out why the characters were so disgust toward Bathsheba. This woman name Bathsheba was unfaithful toward her lowly ranked husband, she choose the king over him. However, being put in the same situation I believe there would not be much people who would be a choice different from her.
Another part of the book that caught my attention was: “ Are there not plenty of paintings around here with your mother as a model as well?”
“Yes. Dark, globby, frightening ones”
“You have seen that one in the entranceway of my moeder wading in the river in but a shift. It is pulled up past her knees! At least the prostitutes in the park across the street are smart enough to collect a few guilders before baring their legs.”
This stood out for me because it shows Cornelia’s attitude toward her father, how she think her mother was mistreat compare to her half brother Titus’s mother Saskia. People sometime like to compare themselves with what they don’t have, they don’t see the parts that they have and other doesn’t have.
This section of I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter reminds me of how my mother always like to compare me with someone else, whether or not that person really is better. She would always states her opinion as if she’s correct, while complaining how other girls my age could do better than I do. As a personal opinion, I believe nobody should ever be compare to other people, our differences is what make our identity. Comparing one thing over another is like erasing the other’s existence, I don’t really know how to explain by what I mean.
What is probably going to happen next is that Cornelia would get to know more about Carel , and they might confess their love toward each other.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this book because Cornelia live in a time of the Black Death, which I heard of in 9th grade global class. Although I’m not really into the researching of Black Death, but I’m kind of surprise to see the story occur at the timing. I want to know how the disease affect the lives of the people back than, because I heard a huge amount of population caught the disease.