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The Night Watch

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363 cm × 437 cm (142.9 in × 172.0 in)

The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq, commonly referred to as The Night Watch, is a 1642 painting by Rembrandt van Rijn. The painting is renowned for three characteristics: its colossal size, the effective use of light and shadow (chiaroscuro), and the perception of motion in what would have traditionally been a static military portrait. The Night Watch is one of the most famous paintings in the world.

Rembrandt van Rijn
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The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened its doors in 1885. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.