The Night Watch

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Dr. Reza Kibria

Editor’s Choice: A Selection of Important Works of Art

This section introduces readers to a selection of great works of art, primarily paintings of the Western World. The works chosen include some personal favourites, others which are well-known or influential in some way and yet others representative of a particular school of art. The impact of a work of art is of course many times greater when the original is seen. If possible readers should try to visit the galleries and museums housing these priceless treasures.

The Night Watch”, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642, oil on canvas, 363x437, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) painted this huge work, regarded as one of the finest examples of Dutch Baroque Art, on commission from a local militia company. Unlike the posed military group portraits of the day it is unusual in its movement and vibrancy with a layered focus that is enhanced by the effective use of light and shadow.