The Night Watch

The Night Watch

It’s a “great” painting, in impact, size, and meaning
The complex scene means it can be viewed again and again, with new detail coming to light each time
There are some great stories with this, meaning the painting is a wonderful talking point


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More about The Night Watch
Rembrandt was commissioned by Captian Banning Cocq and 17 members of his militia. Their names are shown on the shield in the painting. Each person in the painting had paid 100 guilders – a lot of money at the time – to be included. It was completed and first hung in the Great Hall in Amsterdam.

The painting, like many done by the great artists of the time, has numerous layers of meaning. The chicken claws in the woman’s belt represent the arquebusiers (“hook guns”) as well as a dead enemy. The symmetry of the painting reflects the union between Dutch Protestants and Catholics, and the struggle against the Spanish.

The Night Watch was actually cropped in early 18th century when it was moved to a new location. The original painting shows two more figures and some other details, similar to this copy made some time before:

Uncropped Night Watch

The Night Watch painting is now displayed at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Read more about the incredible meaning in the painting at

And don’t miss ING Netherlands awesome Night Watch flashmob!

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Initial drawing
Initial drawing
First layers of paint
First layers of paint
Painting coming together
Painting coming together
Finished masterpiece
Finished masterpiece

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