Saturday, July 15, 2006

Rembrandt 400

Today is the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn's birth.

He was one the most notable Dutch painters (Vincent van Gogh was another), and also very prolific. Rembrandt produced over 600 paintings, 300 etchings, and 2,000 drawing. He also liked painting himself (self-portraits) and did nearly 100 (he must have had some serious issues).

You couldn't miss a Rembrandt painting if you saw one, just like you'd recognise a van Gogh.

The Night Watch or The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq, 1642, Oil on Canvas, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Interesting works, but too dark and serious to hang in my house (and also too expensive).

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


I knew the weekend would be great. It was cold, dark and raining today. My human only left me for a short time around midday. He went to visit Kettles and gave her human Klaudia a jar of preserved lemons, then went to the shops for supplies. In the mid afternoon we a had nice nap together on the couch.

Then we had visitors. Woohoo. Margaret and Mary came over. Mind you, I did not get to sit on their laps at all (something about allergies). Bah humbug.

Later on, Sue D came over. And all the humans had coq au vin for dinner (pronounced cok our varn) in celebration of yesterday's Bastille Day. I think it could have been coq au vin-daloo (thanks Jeter Harris) but vin/wine and daloo would have tasted disgusting. My human doesn't get that joke...


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