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Rembrandt and his Night Watch


The Netherlands’ famous painter, Rembrandt van Rijn, is commemorated by a large statue in Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square), not a million miles from where he lived between 1639 and 1656.  It stands high on a plinth with a replica of his signature on a plaque below.

This cast iron monument was sculpted in 1852 by Louis Royer. It was cast in one piece and it has the kudos of being Amsterdam’s oldest surviving statue in a public space. 


In 2006, as part of the celebration of the artist’s 400th birthday, Russian artists Mikhail Dronov and Alexander Taratynova produced a bronze-cast representation of his most famous painting, The Night Watch, which was set up around the monument itself.

They remained on display there for three years before traveling to New York and Moscow. In 2012, the bronze Nightwatch sculptures returned to their original setting, where they continue to be a popular tourist attraction.



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