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Schuttersgalerij, the Gallery of the Civic Guard

The Gallery of the Civic Guard, or Schuttersgalerij in Dutch, is a gallery of Amsterdam, administered by the Museum of History of the city. Its heap includes numerous portarretratos of the wealthiest inhabitants than formerly they lived in the capital of Holland.

The collection rather is reduced, but between his works there are some are in truth memorable. In addition, the gallery is located on the street Kalvrstraat, one of the main commercial zones of Amsterdam, consequently to run into with her is not nothing difficult if is being crossed downtown.

The scenes that are in their majority of the illustrious members of the Civil Guard, that they met to practice shot (with mosquetes, of course), and also with social aims, to establish conversations and to take a drink. The objective of the pictures was to honor the work of the guards.

One of the famous pictures more of Rembrandt, Nocturnal Ronda, had its origins in this type of pictures, that they looked for to commemorate the work of the Civic Guard. At the moment, that picture is in the Rijksmuseum, but at first it was painted to decorate the wall of Of Doelen, the circle of more important shot of the city. Of his style it can much be seen in the gallery.

In addition, another one of attractive of these paintings is that, although is not murals (they were not guinea fowl in the walls), yes they have proportions gigantic, because its size calculated based on the space that had to cover, usually very extensive.

The works are grouped in different sectors, with names that refer the arms that their protagonists grasp: crossbow (voetboog) and clears the earth from are some denominations.

Practical information

· Address: it has three entrances, Kalverstraat 92, Sint Luciensteeg 27, and through Begijnhof
· Gratuitous entrance.
· Schedules: every day, from 10 to 17 hs.

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