Rembrandt van Rijn’s 'Night Watch'
Rembrandt’s Night Watch
of 1642 is an example of a 17th
century Dutch group portrait of a company of civic guardsmen. The painting depicts the Shooting Company of District II in Amsterdam moving out under the Command of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his lieutenant, Willem van Ruytenburch. It was given its popular, but misleading, title “The Night Watch
” in the late 18th
century, based on the false assumption that it depicted a nocturnal scene. This militia company in Rembrandt's painting is merely marching out to take part in a shooting match. In this work Rembrandt transforms the prosaic genre of militia portraiture into an action picture - truly a work of great movement, dazzling inventiveness and magnificent splendour!
Come and experience an up-to-date interpretation of one of the great masterpieces of Western Art.