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From Babylon to Baghdad

From Babylon to Baghdad

16 January 2010 - 21 March 2010

french infantryman

The infantryman through the centuries, in tin figures and paintings of Anton Verhey.

Anton Verhey is the most famous living Dutch artist in the field of national history. Already at a young age he was inspired by the work of J.H. Isings, the well known designer of 'school wandplaten' (school wall pictures). After his military service Verhey was trained at the Royal Academie of Art in The Hague .

After his study Verhey developed himself as a portrait-painter, however by his traditonal painting style soon he got commissions for historical subjects. His first big commission was a series of 12 paintings for the townhall of Wolvega, as subject: "the local history of the Romans up and including the liberation by the Canadians".

Verhey became widly known in 1980 when he made a much discussed portrait of Queen Beatrix. His conservative conception about the monarchy did not match the present essential opinion about this. The life-size portrait of state now find itself in the depots of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage.

Verhey got a particular honourable commission in 1985 of Castle Loevestein. This commission included three monumental paintings of the heroic combat of jack Herman de Ruyter against the Spaniards. He captured Loevestein, but succumbed later to a superior number of Spanish because help stayed away. On 19 December 1568 Herman de Ruyter was beheaded by the Spaniards; his body was hanged to discourage them who wanted to launch a new rebellion against the Spaniards.

After a visit in Waterloo , Verhey was captivated by Napoleon, who inspired him to his most impressive works. Now battles in huge sizes appeared, like. "The Russian Campaign" of 1812 and "The Battle of Waterloo" of 1815. These Napoleontic painting are exhibited in the Dutch Cavalry Museum in Amersfoort . His study of years of military history resulted in a series of fifty paintings on the history of the Infantry. A part of this painting are exhibited in the National Tin Figure Museum , in Ommen, now.

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