A great, and famous, and noble handiwork I have seen here. Not the greatest picture in the world—not a work of the highest genius—but a performance so great, various, and admirable, so shrewd of humour, so wise of observation, so honest and complete of expression, that to have seen it has been a delight, and to remember it will be a pleasure for days to come. Well done, Bartholomeus Van der Helst! Brave, meritorious, victorious, happy Bartholomew, to whom it has been given to produce a masterpiece!
William Makepeace Thackeray
Roundabout Papers (London, 1863).
I had the pleasure of seeing it in person this past summer. It’s a stunner, and no books on him in english…
Banquet of the Arquebusiers
Bartholomeus van der Helst
Celebration of the Peace of Münster, 1648, at the Crossbowmen’s Headquarters
Also known as Banquet of the Amsterdam Civic Guard in Celebration of the Peace of Münster
Oil on canvas, 232 × 547 cm
1 Banquet of the Arquebusiers
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