Friday, August 03, 2007

Misinterpretations





The Night Watch, 1642 by Rembrandt van Rijn, The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Called the Night Watch in modern times, the original title of this work Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenhurch was a reference to its main characters. The "golden girl" in the background is a mystery. Considering the very fine clothing she wears, she is assumed to be more than a servant. Also her resemblance to Rembrandt's wife has been noted. The final misinterpretation lies in the name of the work, it was not painted as a night image, but had been covered in layers of brown varnish until it was restored after WW II.

2 comments:

AK-47 said...

If you look closely at the painting, it turns out that the hand belonging to the man on the left casts a shadow near the genital area of the man on the right; supposedly this alluded to Rembrandt van Rijn's homosexuality.

If the 'golden girl' really represents his wife - notice how upset she seems.

Sita said...

Did you also know there were more figures on the painting then you see now? The panel was too big for the room it was meant for so they cut of a piece of the painting...

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