A painting of 17th century people gathered at night.

365 Days of Art – January 13: Rembrandt Painting Attacked with Knife

The Night Watch, Rembrandt, 1642

January 13, 1911

A discharged Navy cook named Ligrist attacked The Night Watch by Rembrandt, one of the most popular paintings in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He used a shoemaker’s knife, but luckily could not cut through the thick varnish on the painting. (Painters, take note!)

This was the first, but not last, time this painting would be vandalized.

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