The Wardens of the Amsterdam Drapers’ Guild, Known as ‘The Syndics’, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1662
The syndics inspected the quality of dyed cloth. Rembrandt portrayed them looking up from their work, as though disturbed by our arrival. This artistic device was a clever way of enlivening the scene and thereby involving the viewer. This late work by Rembrandt not only attests to his endless creativity, but also to his undiminished popularity among the citizens of Amsterdam.