The ORIGINAL gathering place for a merry band of Three Percenters. (As denounced by Bill Clinton on CNN!)
I worked in Amsterdam for a year and a half. I spent several weekends in the Rijks museum ... up close you can feel the emotion coming off of the painting - something that I have not experienced with other paintings.
Another piece of evidence that the painting is a day scene that has darkened over time, one of the background figures is using a lens to light the match on his musket. This was pointed out to me years ago when I called the painting "The Night Watch"
Interesting to note that generations of art "authorities" waxed eloquent about Rembrandt's use of dark and somber tones in this painting, only to find out recently after a thorough cleaning that they were talking about a layer of candle soot and decomposing varnish.Ditto for their horror over the "cartoonish" look of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling after it was cleaned of 400 years of filth.Kinda like the infamous "shoulder thing that goes up".Some experts aren't very, If you catch my meaning.
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