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Bulletin of the MRSU / Section "Politics" / 2012 № 2.


S.N. Fedorchenko

ANALYSIS OF PETER GREENAWAY'S HYPOTHESIS SUPPOSING HIDDEN POLITICAL CRITIcism DEPICTED IN REMBRANDT'S PAINTING "THE NIGHT WATCH". In: Bulletin of the Moscow Region State University (electronic journal), 2012, no. 2, pp. 78-87.

UDC Index: 32.019.51:654.19

Date of publication: Page: 78 - 87

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The article provides a detailed analysis of an interesting hypothesis of a contemporary British artist and filmmaker Peter John Greenaway. He supposed that there was a hidden accusation in a political murder coded in Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn's painting "The Night Watch". The author examines the British artist's evidence base which covers the motives, the goals, the means and the consequences of a political crime. The author also mentions the aspect of the Dutch political elite. The paper discusses the manipulative techniques of Peter Greenaway's documentary film-essay "Rembrandt. J'accuse!" which claims his investigation of a supposed political conspiracy to be objective. The author states that Peter Greenaway's evidence is unconvincing. There are other art criticism theories analyzing Rembrandt's painting mentioned.

Key words

political criticism, Rembrandt, conspiracy, political assassination, Peter Greenaway, the Dutch political elite, the "Night Watch", guard, mockumentary film, manipulative technologies

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