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Description of the painting by Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn “Sindiki”

Description of the painting by Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn “Sindiki”


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The last masterpiece of the Dutch brilliant painter is the group portrait of Sindiki. Rembrandt fulfilled the order for the organization at the guild of drafters in Amsterdam. Each year, new members were elected to the council, whose duties included monitoring the quality of fabrics made in the city and selecting the best fabric samples. The artist wrote the syndics of the 1662 election.

By tradition, the drafters were represented in the amount of five council members sitting at the table and one servant standing behind important officials. Rembrandt added some dynamics to the composition: one of the participants in the meeting stands up from his chair, making it clear that the meeting has ended.

In addition, it seems that this venerable gentleman is in a hurry on urgent matters of special importance and there is no time for him to engage in such a meaningless waste of valuable time as posing for a picture.

On a table covered with a red tablecloth made of the highest quality fabric and exquisite taste, there is most likely a book of accounting, or perhaps a book with samples of satin and silk; to the right, a seated official holds a purse filled with money with his hand.

In addition to these symbols that embody the craft of the Amsterdam guild, the interior is decorated with a barely noticeable picture with a lighthouse as a sign that the syndics embody the light and guidebook of the institution.

The artist showed us his ability to create emotional and mental unity on the canvas, a virtuoso play of shadow and light.

Rembrandt took into account all the wishes of customers when painting, making their own artistic and compositional changes, not inconsistent with their view of the group portrait. As a result, the finished canvas sagged in the meeting room for more than a century, then it was transferred to the city government building, and now shows off in the State Museum of Amsterdam.





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