van der Helst's Militia

Here's one of the Bartholomeus van der Helst paintings I mentioned yesterday. Van der Helst included himself, he's the guy all the way to left but I get distracted by the sameness of the men in these painting, maybe they're all cousins. But when I started looking at the people looking at the painting it made me realize van der Helst wasn't too far off. I took the last detail here because the ground that the figures stand upon reminded me of the water in van Gogh's Courtesan: after Eisen painted 244 years later.

Bartholomeus van der Helst, Militia Company of District VIII under the Command of Captain Roelof Bicker, 1643

detail, Militia Company of District VIII

detail, Militia Company of District VIII


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