Group portraits of civil guard troops were common in the Dutch Golden Age but with this painting, Rembrandt was the first to depict figures in a group portrait in action, striking dynamic poses. The captain, dressed in black, is telling his lieutenant to start the company marching. The guardsmen are getting into formation. Rembrandt used the light to focus on particular details, like the captain’s gesturing hand and the young girl in the foreground. She was the company mascot.
Can you find the barely-there figure, whose eye and beret are just seen and which is believed to be a self-portrait of Rembrandt himself?"