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The Back of the Painting: The Artist (Night Watch)

The back of the painting
The artist

Chaim Zins, Jerusalem, 2015

The Back of the Painting: The Artist (Rembrandt's Night Watch) stresses the key role of the artist in the creation of the artwork. Artists live and work in given environments and they are bound by given human and social conditions. Still, an artwork is the product of the artist's creativity, competence, aesthetic values, ideas, life stance, religious beliefs, political, ideological and ethical positions, and interests. The artist is an inseparable part of the artwork. 

The work is composed of 3 works: (1) Trompe l'oeil. The Reverse of a Framed Painting, Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, 1668-1672, National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst), Copenhagen, Denmark (Oil on canvas, 66.6cm x 86.8cm x 3.7cm). (2) Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, Known as the Night Watch, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1642, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Oil on canvas, h 379.5 cm × w 453.5 cm × w 337kg. (3) Self-portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1639, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (etching, h 20.6cm × w 16.4cm).  

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