The Nightwatch, painted in 1642, is more exciting and original than any other painting of this genre. From the moment it was hung in the Kloveniersdoelen it was a famous painting. From the very beginning it was Rembrandt's most famous painting, and over the years it became the most famous painting in the Rijksmuseum, the most famous painting in Holland, one of the most famous paintings in the world. It is a scene of authority and obedience, of power and spectacle. This Dossier discusses Rembrandt's masterpiece in great detail. Everything is addressed, from the commission Rembrandt received, to his unequalled painting technique and from Rembrandt's exceptional handling of light to the painting's reputation down through the centuries.