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The Night Watch

Militia company of district ii under the command of captain frans banninck cocq, also known as the shooting company of frans banning cocq and willem van ruytenburch, but commonly referred to as the night watch (), is a 1642 painting by rembrandt van rijn. the painting may be more properly titled by its long since forgotten name the company of captain frans banning cocq and lieutenant willem van ruytenburch preparing to march out. in the 18th century the painting became known as the night watch. it is prominently displayed in the rijksmuseum, amsterdam, the netherlands, as the best known painting in its collection. the night watch is a world renowned example of baroque art.