|The Night Watch|
|Rembrandt van Rijn|
The Night Watch is a painting made by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn in 1642. It was painted with oil painting on canvas. Its sizes are 363 x 437 cm. Rembrandt received the commission to paint The Night Watch for the Kloveniersdoelen, the guild hall that housed the Amsterdam civic guard company of musketeers.
The work shows Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburgh, surrounded by sixteen of their men, other people were added later.
It is present in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In 1715 it was cut to make it smaller, we can know its real sizes because there are some copies of the painting. It has also suffered different vandalism attacks but it has been successfully restored.
|Original sizes of the painting|
Rembrandt didn’t use a single painting technique, as we can see in The Night Watch, there are elements worked in detail while others seem to be painted quickly. Rembrandt used chiaroscuro’s technique in his paintings with its emphasis on the mysterious, evocative qualities of shadow.
Here we can see some features of this painting:
The Night Watch’s action wasn’t happening during the night and so that wasn’t its original title. When the critics and the public attached that word to the painting, the canvas had become very darkened by dirt and layers of varnish and it seemed to be at night. Its original title was Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenhurch.