The picture “Night Watch” was later received — for a long time in various halls, it was covered with a layer of soot that turned the scene into a night scene. In fact, everything happens at about two o'clock in the afternoon (this was calculated by the position of the shadow from the captain's left hand.) The Night Watch is a member of the Rijksmuseum collection since 1808, and now it is considered by about 2.2 million people annually.
A fragment of the canvas "Night Watch", scratched with a knife in 1976. Source: Wikipedia
Throughout its history, Night Watch has suffered several acts of vandalism. In the 1700s, large pieces were cut from it. In 1911, a man struck the picture with a knife, then in September 1939, she was evacuated before the Nazis attacked and hid in a cave.
The canvas has not been restored for more than forty years - since, in 1976, a mentally ill visitor attacked him with a bread knife and made 12 cuts. Experts were able to restore the integrity of the canvas and retouch the surface, but now repainting in some places have turned yellow, and this needs to be corrected.
The Rijksmuseum took about eight months to study the paintings using the latest technologies that were not available during previous restorations. Experts will scan and computer analyze each layer, including varnish, paint and canvas. The restoration itself, according to Tako Dibbits, will take at least two years. The works will be held behind a glass showcase, which was designed by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.Fragment of the painting “Night Watch”, losing paint (lower right corner) “Usually restoration takes place behind closed doors. But this is a very important picture that everyone loves, and we feel that the public that owns it has the right to see what we are doing with it, ”explained the director of the Rijksmuseum. He remembered watching the previous restoration of the Night Watch when he was a 9-year-old child. “This is very impressive, because you see the process as if you are in the operating room,” he said.
Dibbitts promised that the work expects "a big visual change": there will be much more detail, and some fragments will be much easier to read. He also hopes that scientists will be able to lift the veil over the riddles of the picture. “We really know little about how Rembrandt wrote it. Now we can look into the creative mind of one of the brightest artists in the world, ”said the director. About what strangeness can be found in the picture and what questions it raises, read here.The director of the Rijksmuseum, Tako Dibbitts, is studying Rembrandt's Night Watch. Photo: Rijksmuseum / Kelly SchenkSoil, the Night Watch will be the centerpiece of an exhibition dedicated to the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt. It will begin in February 2019 and will last until the beginning of the restoration work in July. Arthiv: read us in the Telegram and look at Instagram
According to the New York Times, Artdaily and artnet News. Main illustration: preliminary studies of the painting “Night Watch”; photo - Daniel Maissan