While I have enjoyed flash mobs of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Handel’s Messiah, or the Harlem Shake, this culturally-minded, high-art flash mob is a new favorite of mine. Actors stormed a shopping center in the Dutch city of Breda to celebrate the return of Rembrandt Van Rijn’s famous painting, The Night Watch, to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Shoppers, at first frightened or shocked, were soon were amused by the recreation of the 17th century masterpiece. Men dressed in period garb descended from the shopping center’s balconies on ropes and filed in charging after a man who seemed to flee their pursuit.
Rembrandt’s The Night Watch was completed in 1642. It depicts Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburch, leading out their city guard. The Rijksmuseum is scheduled to reopen on April 13th following a 10-year renovation.
Perhaps we Austen fans should stage a full-dress Regency ball flash mob. We could be accompanied by an authentic ensemble. Sounds like great fun to me.