Original: oil on canvas, 279 cm x 191 cm, wxh
Staalmeesters (the Syndics) is Rembrandt’s first and only work of regents. The work is striking because of its exceptional size and the larger-than-life figures. Several Syndics are depicted on the work, with their eyes fixed on the viewer. On the table is a sheet that they checked for quality and colour. There is also a book on the table, most likely the accounts of the cloth guild. One of them rises from his chair, as if he has just noticed the viewer. The group portrait of the five men was intended for the Staalhof in Amsterdam’s Staalstraat. There the Syndics checked the quality and colour of the sheets on offer. It was an unpaid honorary function. The Syndics depicted in this painting by Rembrandt van Rijn performed their task from Good Friday 1661 to Good Friday 1662.
Read more about the life and work of Rembrandt van Rijn on his painter’s page.
The painting is part of the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
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