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The painting "Sindiki", Rembrandt - description

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Sindiki - Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn. 191.5 × 279 cm

Work on the group portrait of “Syndica” was not easy for Rembrandt - they too drove the creative nature of the artist into strict frames. But I had to comply, because the customer’s word is the law.

Sindiki is a collection of cloth makers of the Amsterdam guild. Their responsibilities included checking the quality of manufactured fabrics, as well as dyeing inspection. Members gathered for one year and representatives of all religious faiths entered the honorary meeting. Textile workshops were in a separate house, where there was a central assembly hall and it was for him that the cloth makers ordered a large portrait from Rembrandt.

Customers warned: they should be depicted in a traditional style. All members should be seated at a table, and a servant standing in profile should be depicted next to him. Not to mention the portrait resemblance of each of the participants.

But even in such harsh conditions, Rembrandt was able to masterfully express himself, taking into account all the requirements of cloth makers. Preserved many drawings, sketches that demonstrate the painstaking search for the painter.

Rembrandt (as requested) portrayed all the participants at the table, but at the same time unfolded the table, hanging from its edge a sumptuous dark red cloth. The author decided the composition geometrically - all participants sit in a circle with two triangles. Each of the guild members is depicted very accurately and clearly, but at the same time, the viewer will not find intentional posing and deliberate artificiality here. It seems to us that the cloth-makers are carried away by some occupation, and it is the viewer who suddenly makes them turn. A very unusual composition solution for the times of Rembrandt.

All faces are well recognizable and the names of all have been preserved by history. In addition, on the canvas there are important symbols - a tightly packed wallet, a large ledger.

In the Cloth Hall, the work of Rembrandt hung for more than 100 years, then to move to the Town Hall, and finally to the Museum of Amsterdam.


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