With this in mind, consider the fact that, while it is difficult enough to capture in paint that which makes a single subject a distinctive, living, breathing, imperfect, human being, imagine if you will, the difficulty in painting of a group of individuals and still managing to capture something more than just a likeness. In this exalted category of portrait painters, the masters can very nearly be counted on the fingers of one hand...Frans Hals, Velazquez, Copley, Sargent, and at the head of the table of course, Rembrandt Van Rijn. No man ever did it better or with more style.
|Captain Frans Banning Cocq Mustering His Company, |
1642, Rembrandt van Rijn