A new high-resolution scan of The Night Watch lets you focus in close enough to see almost all its little details: brushstrokes, small cracks around the eyes and noses, and even the facial expressions of each character.
The Night Watch was painted in 1642 simply by Rembrandt van Rijn. The artwork itself is famous for a few reasons, which includes its large size, measuring from 11.91 feet x 14.34 feet, and its use of gentle and shadow to emphasize specific heroes in the painting.
This brand new scan was published by the image resolution team at the Rijksmuseum, a nationwide Dutch museum based in Amsterdam. The discharge of the high-resolution image is section of a research and conservation initiative to conserve Rembrandt’s item.
This is not the particular first time the painting was brought online within high resolution, but this version stands apart because of better color, lighting, plus shadow detail. Google Arts & Culture also has a picture of the painting, however, as Rijksmuseum senior scientist Rob Erdmann records on Twitter, the Rijksmuseum’s version provides “25 times more data” and better coloring in comparison to Google’s version.
The real painting is on display at the Rijksmuseum.