The night watch is a major plot device in the eponymous 1995 film night watch which focuses on the paintings theft the night watch is parodied on the british cover of terry pratchetts 2002 book by the same name. Rembrandt van rijn the night watch militia company of district ii under the command of captain frans banninck cocq 1642 oil on canvas 3795 x 4535 cm rijksmuseum amsterdam speakers dr beth harris and dr steven zucker. The night watch the most famous painting in the rijksmuseum actually has another title militia company of district ii under the command of captain frans banninck cocqa militia painting is a group portrait of a division of the civic guard. The night watch was commissioned by captain barining cocq and 17 members of his civic guards that this was the total of rembrandts clients for the work is assumed from the fact that 18 names added by an unknown hand after the painting was completed appear on a shield on the background wall doubtless the guardsmen expected a group portrait . The night watch is the largest painting at 1429 in x 1720 in in rembrandts line of work the light and dark contrast in the military portrait is very well recognized
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