Rembrandt’s iconic Night Watch painting at the Rijksmuseum is undergoing a live restoration

Amsterdam’s famed Rijksmuseum recently announced a restoration activity on one of its most renowned art pieces i.e. Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’. And while we had anticipated this to mean a temporary closure on the gallery’s doors, the museum has in fact invited interested patrons to witness the refurbishment first hand! Yes, that’s right!

The multi-million-euro makeover of the giant 1642 masterpiece will include a huge glass cage being erected around the painting so the public can see the work carried out live. In addition to this, the museum will also stream the repair work online so that people around the globe can see it with ease. Christened as “Operation Night Watch”, the project is touted to be the “largest and most comprehensive research on Rembrandt’s masterpiece in history” as stated by Rijksmuseum.

Commenting further on the project, Rijksmuseum director Taco Dibbits, in a statement said, “More than two and a half million people come and see it each year. It belongs to everybody who lives in the Netherlands, and the world. And we felt that the public has the right to see what happens to that painting.” He further added, “Operation Night Watch aims to preserve the painting optimally for the future and takes place in front of the public in a specially designed glass room.” Well, we can’t wait to see the Night Watch being renewed to its best!


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