‘Claudius Civilis’ by Rembrandt.


Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘The Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis’ (1661-62). The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden
Owned by the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, the painting has been at the National museum of Art in Stockholm for more than 150 years, leaving Sweden only twice in that time, in 1925 and 1969.
Both of those occasions were for showings at the Rijksmuseum.
Rembrandt painted The Conspiracy of the Batavians Under Claudius Civilis, Claudius Civilis for short, in 1661-1662 under a commission from the burgomasters of Amsterdam.
The enormous canvas, originally 550 cm high and 550 cm wide, was far and away the largest, most prestigious painting of his long career.
The work was intended to be part of a series of eight equally large paintings depicting Batavian history to be hung in the new Amsterdam Town Hall (now the Royal Palace Amsterdam).
READ ON via Rembrandt’s Claudius Civilis temporarily on view at the  Rijksmuseum.

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