at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, ii.

Rembrandt’s famous painting “The Night Watch”
was moved from the club where it originally hung
to a museum.

For it to fit in the museum,
the left side of the painting was cut off
(two people cut out!)—
along with a smaller strip
from the bottom and the right side.

At some point a shield was also painted
on the wall above and behind the captain and lieutenant—
a shield painted not by Rembrandt,
but a shield with the names of all 60 patrons on it

(“Brought to you by …!”)

We know this
only because the captain featured in the painting
liked it so much,
he commissioned a copy for himself!
His copy shows the original painting—
with the parts that were cut off
and without the shield!

We presume we would never treat
a masterpiece in such fashion.


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