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Rembrandt

The conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis, 1661-1662
Stockholm, Nationalmuseum Stockholm, inv./cat.nr. [..]
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painting
Physical connection
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fragment, part of a decoration scheme

The actual painting is a fragment of Rembrandt's painting, which was meant as part of a series of paintings for the galleries around the Burgerzaal in the former town hall in Amsterdam, but was replaced by a painting by Govert Flinck and Jurriaen Ovens.
Support/medium
canvas, oil paint
painted on canvas with a herringbone weave (Nordenfalk 1982, p. 30); the painting was transferred to a new canvas in the 1780s (Nordenfalk 1982, p. 11-12).
Shape/dimensions
rectangle (landscape format) 196 x 309 cm
original measurements c. 550 x 550 cm; It is not known when and by whom the painting was cut down in size. It has been assumed that this was done by Rembrandt himself (Neumann 1918, p. 5-70; Cavalli-Björkman/Fryns/Sidén 2005, p. 409).
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Current attribution
Rembrandt
Date
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1661-1662 (1661 - 1662)
After the death of Govert Flinck in 1660, who first got the commission, Rembrandt was asked to make a painting for the town hall on the Dam in Amsterdam. R. In 1662 the painting was mentioned in situ by Fokkens. It must have been removed soon after Fokkens saw it, because on September, 24 1662 Rembrandt's painting was replaced by a temporary painting by Govert Flinck, which had been reworked by Jurriaen Ovens (Strauss/Van der Meulen 1979, 1661/13, 1662/6, 1662/15; Cavalli-Björkman/Fryns/Sidén 2005, p. 409).
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Artistically related to other work
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Provenance
Commissioned by
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City of Amsterdam
Originally, the commission to paint 12 monumental history paintings for the town hall in Amsterdam was given to Govert Flinck. After his death on February 2nd, 1660 Rembrandt was appointed to paint the first scene of the series: the conspiracy of the Batavians. In 1662 the painting was mentioned in situ by Fokkens (Strauss/van der Meulen 1979, 1661/13, 1662/6, 1662/15). It must have been removed soon after Fokkens saw it, because on September, 24 1662 Rembrandt's painting was replaced by a temporary painting by Govert Flinck and Jurriaen Ovens. Rembrandt's "Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis" never returned to the town hall (Schneider 1925, p. 216-217; Cavalli-Björkman/Fryns/Sidén 2005, no. 418; Bikker/Schapelhouman/Krekeler 2014, online supplement p. 15).
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Entered on: 2003-01-07; Last modification: 2019-12-05

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