Poster | 'The Night Watch'

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Article number W05027
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Night Watch Rembrandt's largest and most famous work is of course the Night Watch, which he commissioned for the Kloveniersdoelen shooters. This was one of the association buildings of the Amsterdam militia, the city's vigilante. Rembrandt was the first to portray the figures in action in a group portrait.

Mascot of the shooters
The captain, in black, orders his lieutenant for the company to march. The shooters line up. What makes the Night Watch so famous is the way in which Rembrandt used light in the painting. For example, he focused on important details, such as the shadow of the captain's hand gesture that 'protects' Amsterdam's coat of arms on the golden-yellow coat of the man next to him. The little girl in the background also stands out because of the light. She is the mascot of the shooters.

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