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The Sentry (Fabritius) – Wikipedia

SUBTOPIC=Dimensions – The painting’s dimensions are 68 cm x 58 cm (27 in x 23 in). SUBTOPIC=Location – The artwork is housed in the Staatliches […]

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SUBTOPIC=Dimensions
– The painting’s dimensions are 68 cm x 58 cm (27 in x 23 in).

SUBTOPIC=Location
– The artwork is housed in the Staatliches Museum Schwerin in Germany.

SUBTOPIC=Creation
– “The Sentry” is an oil-on-canvas painting by Dutch artist Carel Fabritius.
– It was created in 1654.
– The painting represents a resting sentry and a dog.
– In 2004, the artwork underwent cleaning, revealing a second soldier figure.
– Art historian Bart Cornelis commented on the changes post-cleaning.

SUBTOPIC=Interpretation
– Art historian Laura Cumming describes the painting as enigmatic and withholding the soldier’s story.
– She suggests the soldier could be a deserter, outsider, or anti-hero.
– The painting conveys inward emotion of a civic guard with a private mind.
– Cumming highlights the painting’s ambiguity and almost abstract nature.

SUBTOPIC=References
– The first survey exhibition of Carel Fabritius’ work took place in 2009.
– Essential Vermeer 2.0 provides information on “The Sentry.”
– Regine Kränz discusses Carel Fabritius’ “Der Torwache.”
– Bart Cornelis published a book on Carel Fabritius in 2005.
– Laura Cumming’s book “Thunderclap” features analysis of “The Sentry.”

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