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In a moment where militia portrayals were famous and often commissioned, The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch stands out. All throughout the Renaissance, we saw paintings of soldiers standing in position or prepared for combat, but mostly they would be posing and static. This incredible piece of art shows a company on the move. The soldiers are walking, possibly discussing strategies. The painting is lively and very realistic. All of the people in it are focused on their own activities, and each one of them plays a role. This artwork is colossal: 11.91 ft × 14.34 ft, enabling a huge amount of details rarely seen all along the history of art with rare exceptions.
It’s considered by many as one of the peaks of the Dutch Golden Age. This painting got famous under the wrong name of ‘Night Watch,’ but it’s original name tells a much more complex story. The artwork actually portrays the scene during the daytime. At some point in history, it was covered with a dark varnish to preserve the oils, but the coat darkened the image, giving the impression that the moment was represented at night time. In 1940 the dark varnish was removed, showing its original colors.
Historically, watches were set up to guard the city, and these men would defend the walls and gates of the cities. Rembrandt was at the peak of his career when he received this commission to paint the company that was under the command of Captain Frans Banning Cocq, who is represented in a black with a red sash around his chest. He has puffy blond hair and a black hat - very fashionable at that point in history. He holds a baton that serves to identify his military rank, and there is a rapier on his waist.
Another man in evidence in the picture is his lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburgh, that is dressed in yellow clothing while talking and extending his hand to address him. The steel gorget he wears on his neck without a chest plate, are elements to identify his position as a soldier and a lieutenant.
Apart from all the militiamen and their armor, there is a woman. She doesn’t have any military uniform or weapons, but she plays a significant role in the composition. Painted in gold, she stands out among the dark figures. She has blonde hair and a yellow and gold dress. On her waist, there is an upside down strapped chicken. The symbol of the Kloveniers company was a golden chicken claw, meaning she possibly represents the personification of the company.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, known as the 'Night Watch', you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, known as the 'Night Watch' that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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