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Operation "Night Watch" began on Monday in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum - a comprehensive investigation of the most famous painting by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). First, the painting was scanned. The work takes place in front of the audience and can also be followed live on the Internet.

Rembrandt is out of the ordinary

The 17 square meter painting was taken out of the frame. A glass room was built around it, in which the experts will work on movable platforms. "It is the most versatile and comprehensive study and restoration project for the painting," said museum director Taco Dibbits in advance.

Every year more than two million people visit the Reichsmuseum with the world's largest Rembrandt collection. “The Night Watch” from 1642 is considered to be the top work by Rembrandt, the master of light and shadow.

Action costs three million euros

In the first phase of the project, the image will be examined using the latest techniques, scanners, lasers and microscopes. The researchers hope to get information about the creative process and the colors that the painter used. The image is then to be restored based on the information collected. It is mainly about cleansing. In some places, colors were blurred and the picture was covered by a whitish layer, the museum said. The "Operation Night Watch" will last at least a year. The costs are estimated at around three million euros.

Already two hits on the picture

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. The brilliant painter gave the golden age, the heyday of his homeland, a special shine. 350 years ago, on October 4, 1669, he died in Amsterdam - utterly impoverished. He had created over 300 works. “The Night Watch” is the most famous. It was last restored in 1976 after a mentally ill man damaged it with knife wounds in September 1975. Another attack occurred in April 1990 when a man splashed sulfuric acid on the monumental painting. A museum attendant rushed over and poured demineralized water on the spot, which neutralized the acid. Great damage was prevented, but the attacks triggered a shock.

Annette Birschel