The Nightwatch by Rembrandt van Rijn
The Nightwatch is the only civic guard portrait of Rembrandt van Rijn and was painted between 1639 and 1642. Rembrandt was approximately 35 years old at the time he painted it. Nowadays the painting measures 438 cm by 363 cm. The original size was bigger but in order to fit its new location in 1715 some parts were cut. The painting is shown in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam since 1885. The Nightwatch shows captain Frans Banninck Cocq and lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburgh surrounded by 16 members of their militia and some figurants. The Nightwatch is considered to be one of the most famous paintings in the world.
The Nightwatch was Rembrandts contribution to a project consisting six civic guard portraits. Compared to other paintings the work is vivid and has a daring composition. The militia is not posed in the common known static emplacement of the members, but is painted while they were preparing. Within the painting realism and symbolism is combined in a skilled way by the special integration of light, colour and movement. All these aspects come together in a pattern of chiaroscuro.
Read more about the life and work of Rembrand on his painters page.
A masterpiece of Rembrandt van Rijn
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