The Standard Bearer at the Mauritshuis - Rembrandt’s masterpiece on tour
Rembrandt's standard-bearer, a masterpiece that is once again in Dutch possession after hundreds of years. And to celebrate that, the painting will travel through the Netherlands for a year. You can admire the painting in the Mauritshuis throughout November.
The standard-bearer was created in 1636, the year in which Rembrandt had just started his own business. Prior to that, he had painted portraits for art dealer Hendrick Uylenburgh for five years. It may be clear that the young painter wanted to show what he could do with The Standard Bearer, it is an ambitious masterpiece. The painting touch is loose, the light-dark contrast is so strong that it seems as if the warrior is in a spotlight. With his warlike walrus mustache, dagger and sword, it's clear he's not to be trifled with. But the most important thing he has with him is the big white flag. Carrying the standard was one of the most honorable functions in the army and the militia. The standard-bearer is dressed in old-fashioned, 16th-century clothing, which was no longer worn at that time. Rembrandt thus makes this standard-bearer a historical figure.
The next museum that The Standard Bearer will visit is Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede. After the tour (July 31, 2023), the painting can be admired permanently in the Hall of Fame of the Rijksmuseum.
In November, the Mauritshuis has no fewer than 13 Rembrandts in house, 11 from its own collection, the famous self-portrait of Rembrandt from 1658 and The Standard Bearer. Rembrandt's self-portrait is on loan from The Frick Collection in New York for the Manhattan Masters exhibition until January 15.