The Night Watch, is a 1642 painting by Rembrandt van Rijn. It is in the collection of the Amsterdam Museum but is prominently displayed in the Rijksmuseum as the best known painting in its collection. The Night Watch is one of the most famous Dutch Golden Age paintings. Source [WikiPedia]
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The Night Watch Interesting Facts
- Alternate titles of this paintings are very long and specific
There are several, including: Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, also known as The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, but commonly referred to as The Night Watch.
- “The Night Watch” is not set at night
Rembrandt painting was set in daytime but over the course of a century, the nickname “Night Watch” became more popular. The dark background is often mistaken for night’s sky was actually a varnish turned dark with age and dirt.
- Rembrandt could have a cameo in this painting
in the middle of the painting, behind a man in green and a guard with a metal helm, you can spot a barely-there man. Only his eye and a beret are visible, but this elusive figure is believed to be how Rembrandt wedged himself into his most famous work.
- This Painting broke from traditional military portraits
Countless captains, colonels, and cadets had been painted in portraits of a static nature. Rembrandt broke from convention by showing his military men in apparent motion
- It’s bigger than you’d think
In addition to being Rembrandt’s most famous painting, at nearly 12 feet by 14 feet, The Night Watch was also his largest painting ever.
- The Night Watch returns to public display was celebrated with a flash mob.