Millions attend Rembrandt 400th anniversary events in Netherlands





Around 2.7 million visitors -- more than a million more than expected -- attended events and exhibitions in the Netherlands in 2006 marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt.

"On the cultural level, the Netherlands finds itself in the spotlight this year in a positive way," said Jan Michiel Hessels, head of the "Rembrandt 400" group, the Dutch ANP news agency reported Monday.

Exhibits featuring the work of the 17th century painter attracted the lion's share of visitors -- some two million people. Others flocked to a hodge-podge of Rembrandt-related events.



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