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.