In 2005 the central statue of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (born at the city of Leiden) at the Rembrandplein square got company of a new series of statues, called Nachtwacht in 3D (three dimensional Night Watch).
The statue of Rembrandt was made by Louis Royer in 1852. The new Night Watch group of statues was made by the Russian artists Alexander Taratynov and Mikhail Dronov.
It's meade after Rembrandt's most famous painting, official called De compagnie van kapitein Frans Banning Cocq en luitenant Willem van Ruytenburgh maakt zich gereed om uit te marcheren.
I really enjoyed the installation in Rembrandt Square of "The Nightwatch" - a 3-dimensional realization of Rembrandt's masterpiece. A lot of love and effort went into given life to these figures. It's fun to walk amongst the good citizens of 17th century Amsterdam -- and their mascot, and their dog!
The sculptures were placed here in 2006. They are the work of Russian artists Alexander Taratnyov and Mikhail Dronov.
It's particularly interesting at night!
Favorite thing: The sculpture of Rembrandt is said to be the oldest public statue in the city of Amsterdam - which seems appropriate. It was placed here in 1876 when this was the butter market for the city, and known as the Reguliermarkt.
This little 'green' square was, up until the 1870's, Amsterdam's butter market. It is surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants all catering to the tourist with outdoor music and souvenir shops in abundance. With all the sleazy grubby little streets leading off it, it is not my favourite part of the city at all. I wonder what Rembrandt, would make of all this.
Fondest memory: Not Rembrandtsplein.
Favorite thing: This is Rembrandt Square in Amsterdam. We stopped here for lunch one day and spent some time sitting around chatting...it's a great place for people watching... :)