Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' Slashed


In 1975 the Rijksmuseum was faced with an afternoon of chaos. A man armed with a breadknife began slashing the 14 x 11 ft painting claiming later that he "did it for the Lord".
The man managed to hit the painting in more than a dozen places, defacing a nearly seven foot long section and ripping out a foot long piece of the canvas.
The man was eventually restrained and the painting was later fully restored. This was one of three attacks against the painting in the 20th century.