The Bataves Conspiracy

size(cm): 50x80
Sale price£203 GBP


The painting The Conspiracy of the Bataves, also known as The Oath of the Batavians, is a masterpiece by the Dutch artist Rembrandt. This large painting measures 196 x 309 cm and is in the National Museum in Amsterdam.

The painting depicts an important historical moment for the Netherlands, when the Batavians, a Germanic tribe that inhabited the area, revolted against Roman rule in AD 69. The painting shows Batavian leaders swearing an oath of allegiance and union, at a time of great tension and struggle for freedom.

Rembrandt uses his characteristic baroque style to represent the scene, with a complex and detailed composition. The characters are arranged in several layers, creating an effect of depth and movement. Light and shadow are masterfully used to highlight the details of the characters' clothing and faces.

Color is another prominent aspect of the painting. Rembrandt uses a limited palette, in dark and earthy tones, but manages to create an intense and dramatic atmosphere. Gold and silver accents on the clothing of the Batavian leaders add a touch of luxury and wealth to the scene.

One of the lesser known aspects of the painting is that it was commissioned by the Dutch government to be placed at the headquarters of the Council of the Estates General in The Hague. However, the painting was rejected as too dark and gloomy, and it was eventually acquired by a private collector.

In short, The Conspiracy of the Bataves is a stunning work of art that combines Rembrandt's history, artistic style, and technical skill to create a dramatic and moving scene.

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