Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Here's our latest Picture Study.....Funny thing about "Night Watch," as the painting is called--they cleaned it awhile back and discovered that the title is probably inappropriate--that this is probably actually a DAY scene. Centuries of grime had darkened the painting. The work is huge, and full of symbols of the militia pictured. The girl in the yellow dress (yellow symbolizing victory) has a dead chicken around her waist (nice!). Chicken claws were a symbol for the Arquebusier militia, and the dead animal suggests a defeated enemy. There's an odd figure in mid-stride in front of the girl. The back of his helmet is decorated with oak leaves, another symbol of the militia.