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Interior with soldiers
oil on wood panel
55.7 × 40.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
the Netherlands
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1931
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Gallery location
Not on display

Scenes of soldiers formed a popular subgenre of Dutch art, known as kortegaardjes, derived from the French term corps de garde for the military post where the changing of the guard took place. Soldiers were a familiar sight in the Dutch countryside during the Eighty Years War (1568–1648). The motif of sleeping soldiers may allude to the Roman soldiers who fell asleep while guarding Christ’s tomb, and were therefore oblivious to his Resurrection.

Frame: Reproduction, 2003, based on a Dutch frame from 1618


The former framing of Interior with soldiers, c.1620, acquired in 1931 from the same sale as The Descent From the Cross (4560-3), was in the manner of pierced and scrolled eighteenth century English frames, though most likely made in the nineteenth century.
In 2003, at the time the painting was cleaned, a new frame was proposed.
The frame selected was a box frame dating from 1618.
Box frames were a common form of Dutch frame up to around 1630.
The frame was made from European oak and given an ebonised finish.
The painting was fitted in the frame in 2003.

Reproduction - crafted by the NGV

ebonised European oak