A parade of Schutterijen in Limburg

Nachtwachtgilde

A group depicting the ''Nachtwacht'' (Night Watch), the famous painting by the Dutch master Rembrandt, who painted a group of ''Kloveniers'' or ''Schutters'' (civic militia guards) in 1642. The last in the parade in Meerssen, they are dressed exactly as the figures in the painting: in front is Captain Frans Banning Cocq (dressed in black, with a red sash, who commissioned the painting) and his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburch (dressed in yellow, with a white sash). This ''Nachtwachtgilde'' comes from the village of Berg en Terblijt, 8 kilometres east of Maastricht.

Photo by Ludo Kuipers, Sun Jul 19, 2009
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