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Take my hand

Captain Frans Banninck Cocq’s hand seems to stick right out of the painting. With this gesture he orders his lieutenant to call the company into action: the militiamen have to march out.

Perfectly lit

The captain’s hand casts a shadow on the costume worn by Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch. This indicates the direction from which the light falls in the painting.

The mascot

Hanging from the girl’s waist-band is a chicken with large claws, behind which can just be seen a kind of pistol known as a ‘klover’. The claws and the klover were the symbols of this militia company, the ‘Kloveniers’, or Arquebusiers, and the girl serves as the company’s ‘mascot’.

Rembrandt, is that you?

This figure with just one eye visible and wearing a beret may well be Rembrandt himself. The exposed part of the face bears a resemblance to some of his self-portraits.

To the left, to the left

Sergeant Rombout Kemp points to the left. Rembrandt introduced action into the painting by means of this gesture.

The Night Watch, Rembrandt, 1642

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Papilio phorcas

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Papilio zagreus

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Graphium antheus

The large or larger striped swordtail is a species of butterfly in the family Papilionidae, found in tropical and sub-Saharan Africa.

Papilio dardanus

The yellow swallowtail butterfly is thought to be one of the most famous butterfly species in Africa.

African Butterflies, Insect Museum of West China

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A stitch in time

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Throughout the years, additions to the Royal Collection were made by Frederick, Prince of Wales, George III, George IV, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and Queen Mary, consort of King George V.

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Claude Monet
'The Water-Lily Pond' by Claude Monet, The National Gallery, London

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Stained glass
'The swallows' by Laboratorio Picchiarini, Musei di Villa Torlonia

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