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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rembrandt's "Nightwatch"

The Nightwatch by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1642)
Now, at the Rembrandt Square in Amsterdam...

Nightwatch 3D
22 life-sized bronze figures by Russian artists Alexander Taratynov and Mikhail Dronov created over a period of six years. It was created to celebrate the 400 years since Rembrandt's birth. The statues were created in Moscow and transported to Amsterdam in 2006.
It's nice to be there,"walk into the painting," and see each figure from differing angles. It's a unique visual experience. The original Rembrandt statue in the square stands high over the new Nightwatch figures, looking on from his pedestal with approval.

It's not a far walk over to the Rembrandt House (now a museum). He had quite an impressive operation going on in that enormous home/studio. I found it interesting that people slept in enclosed wooden box beds sitting upright. It was commonly believed that if you lied down, blood would rush to your head and kill you.