The painting “Cindicates”, Rembrandt – a description

The painting “Cindicates”, Rembrandt – a description
The painting "Cindicates", Rembrandt - a description - 1

  • Posted by Rembrandt
  • Museum: Reyksmuseum
  • Year: 1662

Description of the picture :

Cinderella – Rembrandt Harmens van Rhine. 1662. Oil on canvas. 191.5 × 279 cm

   Work on the Cindyka group portrait was not easy for Rembrandt – the artist’s creative nature was too much in strict limits. But I had to fulfill, because the word of the customer is the law.

   Syndiki is a collection of crackers of the Amsterdam guild. Their responsibilities included checking the quality of the fabric produced, as well as inspection of staining. Members gathered for one year and the honorary meeting included representatives of all religious faiths. The textile workshops were in a separate house, where there was a central meeting room and it was for him that the subcontractors ordered a large portrait from Rembrandt.

   Customers warned: they should be depicted in a traditional style. All members must sit at the table, and a servant standing in profile should be depicted near him. Not to mention the portrait similarity of each of the participants.

   But even in such harsh conditions, Rembrandt managed to masterfully express himself, taking into account all the requirements of the subcontractors. Many sketch drawings have been preserved that demonstrate a painstaking search for a painter.

   Rembrandt (as requested) depicted all the participants at the table, but he turned the table around, hanging from its edge a luxurious dark red cloth. The author decided the composition geometricly – all participants sit in a circle with two triangles. Each of the members of the guild is depicted very accurately and clearly, but at the same time the viewer will not find intentional posing and deliberate artificiality here. It seems to us that the sundresses are passionate about some kind of activity, and it is the viewer who suddenly makes them turn around. A very unusual composition solution for Rembrandt.

   All persons are well recognized and the names of all have been preserved by history. In addition, there are important symbols on the canvas – tight-filled wallet, large ledger.

   In the window of the subcontractors, the work of Rembrandt hung for more than 100 years, then to move to the town hall, and finally to the Amsterdam Museum.