The Sampling Officials of the Amsterdam Drapers’ Guild, Known as ‘The Syndics’, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1662

The Sampling Officials of the Amsterdam Drapers’ Guild, Known as ‘The Syndics’, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1662

oil on canvas, h 191.5cm × w 279cm More details

After suffering financial difficulties in the 1650s, Rembrandt moved to a rental house on the Rozengracht. The Amsterdam élite no longer knocked on his door as often as they had done before. He nevertheless remained popular: this important guild commissioned him to paint a group portrait. Rembrandt produced a lively scene by having the wardens look up from their work as if interrupted by our arrival.

On display in room 1.4

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