Where was the light coming from in this painting and why was the little girl made so prominent?
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The light is sunlight:
"Night" is even less apt than "Watch." When the critics and the public attached that word to the painting, the canvas had become so darkened by dirt and layers of varnish that it was difficult to tell whether the illumination Rembrandt had provided in it came from the sun or moon. Not until after the end of World War II was the painting fully restored so that the viewer could get an idea of the brightness it had when it left Rembrandt's hand more than 300 years before. (Upon seeing the refreshed work, journalists promptly re-christened it the "Day Watch.")
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"Night" is even less apt than...
But why was the little girl in the picture and why was she so prominent? I am reading the book "The Life and Times of Rembrandt" by Willem van Loon copyrighted in 1930 and I just finished watching the movie Rembrandt from 1936 staring Charles Laughton which seems to follow the book closely. Nothing is mentioned about the girl other than the fact the patrons of the painting were very upset. Is their any literature that explains her presents?