The painting was, successfully, hidden from the NAZI's during the course of World War II; which was a serious crime during the NAZI occupation. The owners of the painting took the painting off of its frame, put it in a tube and hid it for years. After the wars end, the painting was redisplayed successfully surviving the war. This painting depicts a military garrison standing for a portrait. Rembrandt was able to use contrast, dynamic shape, and space to create an interesting and monumental painting. The painting shows a group of soldiers, with muskets and swords, gathered around a great hall. The immediate focus is on a young woman illuminated by light, wearing white. What is unique about this is that the figure is in the background and is not the primary focus of the painting. The soldiers gather around their leader, standing in the center of the painting holding a staff and wearing a red sash. Another soldier stands close to him, wearing a white suit and holding a sword. The captain has a hand outstretched, as if he were welcoming people into his garrison. Many other soldiers litter the background of the painting, obscured by the shadows in the room. The room looks alive and busy, as the soldiers perform various tasks or are talking freely with one another. The painting does a great job with contrast and dimension, making the portrait seem lifelike and realistic.