Civic Guard Gallery

Civic Guard Gallery information

Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Address
Street Kalverstraat 92
Getting there
tram 1/2/5 Spui
Opening hours
10am-5pm
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Lonely Planet review

This cool gallery is part of the Amsterdam Museum – consider it the free ‘teaser' – and fills an alleyway next to the museum’s entrance. It displays grand posed group portraits, from medieval guards painted during the Dutch Golden Age (à la Rembrandt’s Night Watch ) to Modern Civic Guards , a rendering of Anne Frank, Alfred Heineken and a joint-smoking Personification of Amsterdam.

Evident here is the fact that guards were a captivating subgenre of Dutch painting. Divisions such as the kloveniers (named after the gun the guards used) protected the city and played a large part in deposing the Spanish government. The size of the paintings (typically enormous) was determined by the wall space in the guardhouses where the portraits were to be hung.