<< The magazine explains that
originally this portrait of the local civic guard was not as dark, but that
"over the years, the painting darkened considerably," hence the name. >>
Sometimes I am astonished at the lack of precision of what passes for art
information, its almost insulting.
Rembrandts great painting, "The Night Watch," represents a group of citizens
who performed the public service of patrolling the streets of Amsterdam
during a period of public unrest. They really were night watchmen. The
painting lost some detail from darkening over time, but that isn't the reason
for its name.