EVERDINGEN, Caesar van
(b. 1617, Alkmaar, d. 1678, Alkmaar)

Officers and Standard-Bearers of the Old Civic Guard

1657
Oil on canvas, 201 x 350 cm
Stedelijk Museum, Alkmaar

Alkmaar, like other Dutch towns, had militias of civilians who formed companies of armed guards. An like their counterparts elsewhere, they often decorated their meeting halls with group portraits of their members. Everdingen executed his group portrait for the Alkmaar Guard. He applied his classicist principles successfully in this traditional type of painting. He arranged the heads of the figures in a zigzag horizontal line. He had every second man take a step forward so as to leave space between them and avoid overlapping.




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