For the first time in more than 300 years, Rembrandt’s famous masterpiece “The Night Watch” can be seen in full once again. With the help of modern technology, the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum has reconstructed the missing pieces and on Wednesday presented the painting of more than 20 square meters in its original form. The reconstructed parts should now be left hanging for three months.
Rembrandt completed the painting by the Amsterdam Guild of Rifles in 1642. In 1715 the artwork moved to another building. And because it did not fit into the intended place, the pieces were cut on all sides. On the left side there were three missing figures.
Taco Dibbets, director of the Rijksmuseum, said the painting has “much more dynamism and movement”. It is wonderful to see with my own eyes how Rembrandt meant ‘Night Watch’.
Over two years ago, the museum began its largest investigation yet into the “Night Watch” by Dutch educator Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). You should follow a thorough restoration based on the results.