For much of its existence, the painting was coated with a dark varnish, which gave the incorrect impression that it depicted a night scene, leading to the name by which it is now commonly known. This varnish was removed only in the 1940s.
For Art Thursday, we have two sides of the same strange coin with paintings that come to life and mechanical flowers that open and close.
Here's the painting before it comes to life...The Night Watch (also known as Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq) by Rembrandt:
Here it is in action...The Rijksmuseum's flashmob 'Our Heroes are Back':
After that excitement, let's calm down with the soothing, mesmerizing MEADOW: