Banquet at the Crossbowmen's Guild in Celebration of the Treaty of M_nster

Bartholomeus van der Helst1648/1648


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Civic guards were the city's militia. They were volunteers. In Amsterdam, each district had its own company with its own headquarters. In the 17th century, larger and grander buildings were built. Group portraits of the members lined the walls. In 1648, Van der Helst immortalised this Amsterdam company in their hall, celebrating the peace between Spain and the Dutch Republic.


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