The interesting Rijksmuseum (2)

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The Night Watch or The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq is the common name of one of the most famous works by Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

Captain Frans Banning Cocq (dressed in black, with a red sash and his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburch (dressed in yellow, with a white sash)

It is prominently displayed in the Rijksmuseum, as the best known painting in its collection. The Night Watch is one of the most famous paintings in the world.


William I (and his Dog) Prince of Orange,

Laying in State, by Hendrik de Keyser I – 1613-1614 – terracotta with beige coating. William was assassinated in 1584.


Children teaching a cat to dance, know as « The Dancing Lesson », by Jan Havicksz Steen – 1660-1679.


The Merry Family, by Jan Havicksz – 1668.

This boisterous family is making lots of noise: the father sings at the top of his lungs, the mother and grandmother join in. The children are part of the annoyances.


The gallery that contains many of the great painting


Crown for the King of Ardra, 1664.

Looks impressive but crafted from inexpensive materials. It was ment to be a gift from England to the King of Ardra to foster trade relations. It never reached the king as it was seized by Admiral Michiel de Ruyter while on a mission to expel the English from the Dutch fortresses in Africa.


Heraldic tunic from the House of Orange-Nassau attributed to John Smout, 1647.
This « heraldic tunic » was made for his state funeral in Delft on 10 May 1647. It was carried in the procession to demonstrate the deceased’s status and rank. Four such tunics were worn by heralds, and a fifth, symbolizing the dead prince, was borne aloft on a pole.

Author of 7 photos: Dennis Jarvis (Thanks Dennis) . Source:

Title image source : flickr / Eric de Redelijkheid

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