Art Research: The Night Watch
Honours English 11 A
ID: 163147 12/7/2013 Historically, man has often depended on artwork to record events. However it is not unusual for an artist to put his or her ideas into the painting of a scene or event.
Everyone knows the myth about Rembrandt. The myth says that after his painting known as the Night Watch was rejected, he became depressed and died in poverty. However, no one really knows the background behind the painting nor why it was rejected. In the ‘Night watch’, Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn paints what appears to be a night watch, but historians say it was neither painted at night nor a watch.
Rembrandt’s parents were well to do and supported him by sending him to a painter to learn the basics of art work. The ‘Night watch’ was a commissioned work showing civic guards. The reason for the limited light in the painting is unknown and this is its enduring legacy.
Born July 15, 1606, in Leiden, Netherlands, Rembrandt’s family was well to do and could afford to pay for his apprenticeship. As a boy, he attended Latin school and was enrolled at the University of Leiden, although, he had a greater inclination towards painting. He was soon apprenticed to a Leiden history painter, Jacob Van Swanenburgh (New World Encyclopaedia), who taught him the basic skills and imparted necessary knowledge during the three years he was with him. After a brief but vital apprenticeship of another six months with the famous painter, Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam, Rembrandt stayed a few months with Jacob Pynas before starting his own workshop, though, Simon van Leeuwen claimed that Joris van Schooten taught Rembrandt in Leiden. Rembrandt opened a studio in Leiden in 1624 or 1625, which he shared with a friend and colleague Jan Lievens. On the source of