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The Standard Bearer at the Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt The Standard Bearer, Rijksumeum view
by Alain Chivilò

© Alain Chivilò

“The Standard Bearer” by Rembrandt since 1844 was owned by the Rothschild family. During 2022 they sold the painting to the Netherlands for €175 million. The Dutch government paid €150 million, while €25 million have been paid by the Rembrandt Association and the Rijksmuseum.
Now from 17 June 2023 after a tour in The Netherlands, the masterpiece painted by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Leiden, 15/7/1606 – Amsterdam, 4/10/1669) “The Standard Bearer” is unveiled in the Gallery of Honour at the Rijksmuseum.
After the presentation it’ll go on permanent display alongside the other masterpiece Night Watch (1642).

“The Standard Bearer” – “De vaandeldrager” 1636, oil on canvas, 118.8 × 96.8 cm

The ceremony has been attended by the schoolchildren of 8 classes and on Saturday 17 June the Rijksmuseum will be free for the day, exceptionally.
About the painting: at the age of thirty (1636) the Dutch artist painted the work The Standard Bearer entering into that tradition of self-portraits with the artist dressed in costume. From this painting, in 1642, “The Night Watch” was conceived.
“The Night Watch” -“De Nachtwacht”, oil on canvas 3.63 x 4.37 m

by Alain Chivilò