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Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief – Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' and Other Dutch Group Portraits - Fordham Scholarship Online
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Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief: Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' and Other Dutch Group Portraits

Harry Berger


A study of the theory and practice of seventeenth-century Dutch group portraits, this book offers an account of the genre's comic and ironic features, which it treats as comments on the social context of portrait sitters who are husbands and householders as well as members of civic and proto-military organizations. The introduction picks out anomalous touches with which Rembrandt problematizes standard group-portrait motifs in The Night Watch: a shooter who fires his musket into the company; two girls who appear to be moving through the company in the wrong direction; guardsmen who appear to b ... More

Keywords: seventeenth-century, Dutch group portraits, group portraiture, Rembrandt, The Night Watch, civic guard, married couples, families, parody

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780823225569
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823225569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Berger, author
Emeritus, University of California, Santa Crus

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