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Manhood, Marriage, and MischiefRembrandt's 'Night Watch' and Other Dutch Group Portraits$
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Harry Berger

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225569

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823225569.001.0001

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An Odd Couple: the Ghost of Anslo's Wife

An Odd Couple: the Ghost of Anslo's Wife

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Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief

Harry Berger Jr.

Fordham University Press

Riegl praises Rembrandt for the discipline with which he maintains the pattern of subordination that foregrounds the two officers and isolates them from the remainder of the company. Several commentators have noted resemblances between Cocq and the figure of Cornelis Claesz. Presumably the sitters collaborate with the painter in setting the visual scene, and presumably the painting reflects their efforts to control the final product, including, no doubt, requests for alteration of details that do not suit sitters. But although the painting itself may represent sitters' efforts to control it, there are indications that it challenges such efforts. Rembrandt's competition with the sitters brings out theirs with each other.

Keywords:   Cocq, Cornelis Claesz, Rembrandt, competition, sitters, painting

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