The architect of the Rijksmuseum building Pierre Cuypers (1827-1921) even created a dedicated gallery of honour for the Night Watch, and it is now admired there by more than 2.2 million people annually. In the Rijksmuseum’s Fine Arts department, he primarily works as writer and editor-in-chief of a series of catalogs of 17th-century North Dutch paintings. AMSTERDAM — The Rijksmuseum announced on Tuesday that it will restore Rembrandt’s “ Night Watch,” a monumental group portrait that holds pride … Robert Erdmann is Senior Scientist at the Rijksmuseum and Full Professor in the Faculties of Science (Physics) and Humanities (Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage) at the University of Amsterdam, positions he has held since 2014. Benefactors and partners of the Rijksmuseum The Night Watch has inspired artists and designers for centuries. Within the Night Watch project Lisette will be involved in the technical research and conservation treatment of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. The Night Watch by Rembrandt, one of the world’s most spectacular paintings, is to be restored under the world’s gaze at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, its … Among the exhibition projects he was involved in are ‘Asia > Amsterdam’ (2015, with Peabody Essex Museum, Salem) and ‘Hercules Segers’ (2016, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). Rembrandt's Night Watch. Petria Noble is Head of Paintings Conservation at the Rijksmuseum. The depiction of gold-brocaded velvets in fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Netherlandish paintings’. The restorers, data experts and art historians at the Rijksmuseum call it Operation Night Watch. What has already happened? Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum has begun historic restoration work on Rembrandt's 17th-century masterpiece "The Night Watch." Roelofs curated a variety of exhibitions, including ‘The Limbourg Brothers: Nijmegen Masters at the French Court’ (2005, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen), Hendrick Avercamp: Master of the Ice scene (2009, with the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Gabriel Metsu (2010, with the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin / NGA, Washington DC) and Rembrandt, Claudius Civilis (2014). Carola van Wijk has been working as a staff photographer at the Rijksmuseum since 2007. A great deal of experience has been gained in the Rijksmuseum relating to the restoration of Rembrandt’s paintings. The 3D scan is one of the last steps in the preparations for the Night Watch restoration. Henni is also involved in establishing guidelines for 2D digitization that serve as the standard for all photography in the museum. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has placed Rembrandt’s baroque masterpiece The Night Watch (1642) on public display as the museum begins an extensive restoration. He has also contributed to a number of Rijksmuseum exhibition catalogs. The Rijksmuseum invites members of the public to watch the entire process at the museum and online. In the meantime, they added, the public will still have the opportunity to see Rembrandt's biggest masterpiece through the 28-feet-by-22-feet glass chamber, which will make the research work "more exciting. She also holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Currently, he is part of the steering group of Operation Night Watch and is involved in the art historical research of the Night Watch. Rembrandt painting for sale comes with artist's fingerprints. First, separate photos were taken, which were subsequently digitally assembled to form a single image. Big, bigger, bigger! He is currently involved in the art historical research of the Night Watch. Prior to this, he held a one-year postdoctoral position at TU Delft, after obtaining a PhD in Chemistry from the Sorbonne-UPMC University and the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France in Paris (C2RMF). The multi-million-euro overhaul of the giant 1642 masterpiece, one of the world's most famous paintings, will also be streamed online so that "everyone in the world" can see. She studied Art History at the University of Utrecht (1991-1996) and paintings conservation at the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) in Maastricht (1998-2003). For Operation As part of the research team for Operation Night Watch, Francesca will be responsible for the visible (VIS) to near Infrared (NIR) imaging spectroscopy techniques. Since 2015 Robert also serves as chair of NICAS (Netherlands Institute of Conservation, Art and Science), an innovative multidisciplinary research centre housed in the Rijksmuseum Conservation building, uniting art history, conservation and the exact sciences. She is conducting her PhD research on the technical development of painted wall hangings within this project. In the framework of Operation Night Watch she will work on different photographic techniques. Operation Night Watch is made possible by The Bennink Foundation, C.L. Step across the red cord, take captain Frans Banninck Cocq’s hand, zoom in and let yourself be carried away into the world of the Night Watch. Weber studied art history at universities in Cologne, Aachen and Utrecht. Night Watch Restoration Project: See it live online or in person. Her expertise lies in aging and degradation studies of pigments and oil paintings at the micro- and molecular level, especially related to pigment-binding medium interactions. In 2012-15 she was employed by the Vatican Museums, before that she had worked on the Omayyad paintings of UNESCO World Heritage site Qusayr Amra (Kingdom of Jordan, 2012) and held a private practice in conservation. She is responsible for the photography of 3D objects and paintings and for the museum’s conservation photography. Before focusing on cultural heritage, he worked on multiscale computational materials science, image processing, and machine learning for design of novel materials and material processing. A total of 56 scans were made in order to produce various maps of the chemical elements. The actual restoration is expected to start early next year - a few months later than planned as the coronavirus delayed the studies. Sorry, there aren’t any updates on the research phase yet. The first research part of Operation Night Watch has been a succes. Eighteen names appear on a shield, painted circa 1715, in the center-right background, as the hired drummer was added to the painting for free. Last year saw the completion of the restoration of Rembrandt’s spectacular portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. Therefore these varnish layers are generally removed and replaced during restorations. The Rijksmuseum has launched the largest research and restoration project in its history on July 8, 2019: the restoration of The Night Watch. Annelies van Loon is Paintings research scientist at the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis. With a size of no less than 44.8 gigapixels you can zoom in so far that Rembrandt's paint strokes and even the pigment particles in the paint become visible. Using these and other methods, we will be able to form a very detailed picture of the painting – not only of the painted surface, but of each and every layer, from varnish to canvas. The second exhibition, Rembrandt-Velázquez (11 October 2019 to 19 January 2020), will put the master in international context by placing 17th-century Spanish and Dutch masterpieces in dialogue with each another. From 1994 to 2004, Weber served as curator of Italian painting at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, and from 2004 to 2009 as director of the Gemäldegalerie in Kassel. Henni van Beek, has been working as photographer for the project ‘Printroom Online’ at the Rijksmuseum since 2007. The Night Watch (1642) is one of the most famous paintings in the world - but why? Operation Night Watch would not be possible without our benefactors and partners. His current work focuses on applying data science and microstructural analysis to collect, process, and visualize massive multimodal datasets for art objects. The painting was slashed again In 1975, this time by an unemployed schoolteacher with a history of mental illness. Rik Klein Gotink studied at the Institute of the Arts (ARTEZ) Enschede. Robert is project leader of the scientific research and conservation treatment of the Night Watch. The Rijksmuseum continually monitors the condition of the Night Watch, and it has been discovered that changes are occurring, such as the blanching on the dog figure at the lower right of the painting. The Night Watch belongs to the city of Amsterdam, and it been the highlight of the Rijksmuseum collection since 1808. She is currently involved in the technical art historical research of the Night Watch. Operation Night Watch is the largest research and conservation project ever on 'the Night Watch'. His PhD (1987) concerned art theory of the Dutch 17th century. In 2013 she successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis ‘All that glitters is not gold. The varnish was removed in the 1940s, revealing a much brighter composition, but the name stuck. It is more than 40 years since the Night Watch underwent its last major restoration, following an attack on the painting in 1975. During the last two years of her conservation studies she interned at Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), the Rijksmuseum and the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, US. We have the largest and most detailed image ever made of a work of art. During and after her conservation studies she worked at the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), the Mauritshuis and in private practice. Painted over several years, The Night Watch was commissioned as a group portrait of an Amsterdam city militia and broke new ground by showing its subjects in action rather than as a static portrait. Francesca Gabrieli is a junior scientist in the Science department at the Rijksmuseum. You wish to order {{totalArticles}} tickets. A digital platform will allow viewers from all over the world to follow the entire process online continuing the Rijksmuseum innovation in the digital field. Die historische Sammlung der Kasseler Gemäldegalerie' (2006) and in Amsterdam 'Late Rembrandt' (2015, with Jonathan Bikker in collaboration with the National Gallery, London). The current varnish layers on the Night Watch are not original but were applied during the restorations in the ‘70s and ‘90s. Ige Verslype studied Art History at the University of Utrecht and was trained as a paintings conservator at the Limburg Conservation Institute (SRAL), Maastricht. He worked as a lecturer at various institutions, including the University of Bamberg, which appointed him 'honorary professor' in 2005. Katrien Keune has a PhD in chemistry and is head of Science at the Rijksmuseum. All the Rembrandts of the Rijksmuseum (15 February to 10 June 2019) will bring together the Rijksmuseum’s entire collection of Rembrandt’s paintings, drawings and prints, for the first time in history. From 2012 to 2016, she was project leader of the NWO-sponsored ‘Science4Arts PAinT Project’ focusing on aspects of metal soaps and pigment-binder interactions. AkzoNobel is main partner of Operation Night Watch. Would you like to help pass on The Night Watch to future generations? It had to be restored again in 1976, after a man edited the painting a year earlier with a knife. The Rijksmuseum continuously monitors the condition of De Nachtwacht. In October 2018, the Nightwatch becomes breaking news in both the Dutch and international media: the Rijksmuseum announces a large-scale research project and subsequent restoration of the Nightwatch. Many of the previously applied varnishes consist of a natural resin that ages and yellows over time. Some of them are examined more in depth here. In 2016-2017 she was involved in the ‘Matthijs Maris at Work’ technical research project, and the accompanying book publication at the Rijksmuseum. In 2008, she received a PhD in chemistry from FOM Institute AMOLF/ UvA on the topic of ‘Color changes and chemical reactivity in seventeenth-century oil paintings’. The research team working on the Night Watch is made up of researchers, conservators and restorers from the Rijksmuseum, which will conduct this research in close collaboration with museums and universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Victor Gonzalez is junior scientist in the Science Department at the Rijksmuseum where he is involved in the scientific analysis of the materials and techniques of old master paintings, with a focus on historic inorganic pigments. It is more than 40 years since the Night Watch underwent its last major restoration, following an attack on the painting in 1975. He is the author of ‘Marten and Oopjen: two monumental portraits by Rembrandt’ (2016) and ‘Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel’ (2019). In addition, the cameras reveal the underlaying sketch layers or modifications. “The Night Watch,” commissioned in 1642 by members of Amsterdam’s civic guard, is Rembrandt’s only painting of a militia group. In 1990, a man sprayed acid on it from a concealed bottle, damaging the varnish. She will be involved in the technical research of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. You’ll find the massive painting in the Gallery of Honour located in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.It is the first time since 1976 that the Rembrandt painting is being restored. To gain a better understanding of its condition as a whole, the decision has been taken to conduct a thorough examination. Prior to joining the Rijksmuseum in 2014, she worked for 18 years at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, where she treated numerous paintings by Rembrandt. For example, the researchers may want to discover the reason for the white haze that can be seen in the picture surface here and there. Laura Raven is a Junior Paintings Conservator who graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a BA in Art History (2011), and a MSc (2013) and Professional Doctorate (2016) in Conservation and Restoration of Paintings. They may also want to see how the paint layers are built up, or whether the paint has altered in the course of time, and if so, how. To start, the huge painting -- measuring 12.5 feet by 15 feet and weighing 740 pounds -- will be unframed and placed in a rig with two platform lifts that will allow researchers to reach across its surface. She studied Art History and conservation at New York University (USA). de Carvalho-Heineken, PACCAR Foundation, Piet van der Slikke & Sandra Swelheim, American Express Foundation, Familie De Rooij, Het AutoBinck Fonds, Segula Technologies, Dina & Kjell Johnsen, Familie D. Ermia, Familie M. van Poecke, Bruker Nano Analytics, Henry M. Holterman Fonds, Irma Theodora Fonds, Luca Fonds, Piek-den Hartog Fonds, Stichting Zabawas, Cevat Fonds, Johanna Kast-Michel Fonds, Marjorie & Jeffrey A. Rosen, Stichting Thurkowfonds and the Night Watch Fund. In 2016, two Rembrandt portraits were, The research phase will take almost a year, a representative of the Rijksmuseum team confirmed via email, and only then a final restoration plan will be presented. With the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the City of Amsterdam, Founder Philips and main sponsors BankGiro Lottery, ING and KPN every year more than 2 million people visit the Rijksmuseum and The Night Watch. Last restored in 1975 following a knife attack, the restoration of The Night Watch is expected to take years. Giulia Sara de Vivo is a paintings conservator trained at the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro in Rome (2007) and at the Universita’ della Tuscia (2014). Nienke Woltman graduated from the Paintings Conservation Masters Programme at the University of Amsterdam in 2012 and has been working as Junior Paintings Conservator at the Rijksmuseum since 2013. Die Blendung Simsons und der Segen Jakobs' (2005/2006), 'Rembrandts landscapes' (2006, in collaboration with the Lakenhal, Leyden), 'Rembrandt-Bilder. Esther van Duijn is a paintings conservator and researcher, who has specialised in the history of paintings conservation in the Netherlands and has published widely on this subject. Because the painting has never been sold, it's hard to put a value on it and it is considered priceless. All three can detect a different band of the electromagnetic spectrum. The Year of Rembrandt, 2019, marks the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death with two major exhibitions honouring the great master painter. Rembrandt used a wide array of pigments for The Night Watch. Having been trained as a gold- and silversmith, Robert was subsequently trained as a conservator at the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Rembrandt's 17th century masterpiece "The Night Watch" began restoration work on Monday in Amsterdam where visitors will be able to watch every step of the Rijksmuseum's biggest ever project. Lisette Vos is a paintings conservator at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Currently she works as project coordinator of the scientific research and conservation treatment of the Night Watch. Erma Hermens is Rijksmuseum Professor of Studio Practice and Technical Art History at the University of Amsterdam, Art History, Faculty of Humanities, and Senior Researcher in Technical Art History at the Rijksmuseum. Part of Rembrandt’s masterpiece was scanned for Operation Night Watch. It hangs in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which has planned the restoration in … In total the robot has taken more than 8400 photos at an extremely high resolution of 5 microme-tres, or five thousandths of a millimetre. Our website uses cookies. From 2010 to 2016 he was a freelance photographer involved in the Bosch Research and Conservation Project. The group portrait of the officers and other members of the militia company of District II, under the command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch, now known as the Night Watch, is Rembrandt’s most ambitious painting. She graduated with a BA in chemistry (2009) and a MA in Physical Chemistry (2011) and a PhD in Chemical science applied to cultural heritage study (2015) at the University of Perugia and CNR-ISTM. Rijksmuseum visitors will be invited to watch the restoration of The Night Watch, Rembrandt’s most celebrated masterpiece next year. The wall-sized masterpiece "The Night Watch" showcases a group of 17th-century militiamen in dramatic light. In 2016-2018 she led the treatment of Rembrandt’s 1634 portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. The sculpture gallery behind the Night Watch Gallery will be closed during Operation Night Watch. She has published and lectured widely in this field and (co)organized many conferences. Operation Night Watch has started 8 July and is ongoing. Prior to that, he served as Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona (USA). From this week, "The Night Watch," one of Dutch master Rembrandt's most famous paintings, will be painstakingly restored in front of what could be millions of onlookers. She worked closely together with responsible authors and curators for various publications. Since 2007 she has been working as a paintings conservator at the Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt's 1642 group portrait of members of an Amsterdam militia is one of the most popular paintings at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, drawing about 4,000 to 5,000 visitors daily, but it certainly has ticked off a few patrons. For Operation Night Watch she is responsible for the macro-XRF scanning of the painting. A total of 34 characters appear in the painting. Carola is, with Henni van Beek, the author of the instruction manual for the photography of 2D objects. During this time he developed the metals conservation training program now being taught at the University of Amsterdam. She was formerly Associate Professor in Technical Art History at the University of Glasgow, Scotland where she established an MA programme in Technical Art History. She coordinated the research project ‘Matthijs Maris at Work’, and the accompanying book publication. The first time was in 1947, where 63 holes and cracks were noted and repaired. In addition, more than 12,000 high-resolution photographs will be taken from a distance of up to 5 micrometers (a thousandth of a millimeter), revealing never before seen details in the pigments. Roeloefs is currently involved in the art historical research of the Night Watch and is part of the Night Watch advisory committee. This detailed study is necessary to determine the best treatment plan, and will involve imaging techniques, high-resolution photography and highly advanced computer analysis. From 2016 to 2018 she led the scientific research in support of the treatment of Rembrandt’s portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. In the framework of Operation Night Watch he will work on different photographic techniques. She trained as a chemist (MSc, UvA) and a paintings conservator (SRAL), before she specialized in the materials analysis and ageing and deterioration processes of old master paintings. Susan Smelt is a paintings conservator who holds a BA and MA in Art History (University of Groningen) and a Professional Doctorate in Conservation and Restoration of Paintings (2012, University of Amsterdam). He is, with Carola van Wijk, the author of the Instruction manual for 2d objects for the Rijksmuseum. One of the research projects he is co-supervising is the Thread Count Automation Project on the Utrecht Caravaggisti. Amsterdam museum begins live restoration of Rembrandt masterpiece. Rembrandt's 17th century masterpiece "The Night Watch" begins restoration work on Monday in Amsterdam where visitors will be able to watch every step of the Rijksmuseum's biggest ever project. The most famous work of Rembrandt, the Night Watch, will get a grand restoration starting July 2019. That enables the researchers to distinguish between the various pigments. Amsterdam's famed Rijksmuseum will begin today the biggest ever restoration of Rembrandt's The Night Watch, erecting a huge glass cage around the painting so the public can see the work carried out live.. As an expert in the material aspects of Rembrandt paintings she has (co-)published widely in conservation and scientific journals. Nienke conducted full restoration treatments and technical research on paintings by Colijn de Coter, Jan van Goyen, Aert de Gelder, George Hendrik Breitner and Fernand Khnopff. The researchers will try to explore and unravel mysteries that … From this week, "The Night Watch," one of Dutch master Rembrandt's most famous paintings, will be painstakingly restored in front of what could be millions of onlookers. A cookie is a small text file which will be saved on your computer or mobile device when you visit our website. He studied Art History at McMaster University and Queen’s University in Canada. Rembrandt expert Jonathan Bikker answers this and various other questions in this publication. In the framework of Operation Night Watch she will work on different photographic techniques. She was also main researcher of the ‘REVISRembrandt Project’ about the development and application of new chemical imaging techniques to Rembrandt’s late painting technique. Commissioned in 1642 by the mayor and leader of the civic guard of Amsterdam, Frans Banninck Cocq, to create a group portrait of his shooting company, the Night Watch is recognised as one of the most important works of art in the world today and hangs in the specially designed “Gallery of Honour” at the Rijksmuseum. Next to full conservation treatments and research on paintings, Lisette has gained (practical) experience with collections management and preventive conservation. She will be involved in the technical research and conservation treatment of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. He organised various exhibitions on 16th to 18th century paintings, including four exhibitions on Rembrandt - in Kassel 'Rembrandt im Kontrast. She has been working in the Rijksmuseum since April 2015 focusing on technical research and non-destructive analytical techniques. The Night Watch is scanned successively by three different cameras. It was left with several cuts up to 12 inches long, leading to the last major restoration work. If you wish to order more than {{maxAmountOfArticles}} tickets, you have to make a group reservation. Robert van Langh is head of the Department of Conservation & Science at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a position he has held since 2006. The large-scale 12.5 by … Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum on Monday began the painstaking and costly process of restoring the famous Rembrandt painting Night Watch - a task which will take at … He is currently involved in the scientific research of the Night Watch, where he is responsible for the scientific data infrastructure and computational imaging. Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch is to stay on public display as part of the Rijksmuseum's biggest restoration project in its history. 2019, The Year of Rembrandt In addition to this he gives courses on digitization and the evaluation of scans to new co-workers at the National Archive. The Night Watch will be encased in a state-of-the-art clear glass chamber designed by the French architect Jean Michel Wilmotte. He gives advice about technical specifications when outsourcing diverse projects and how to maintain quality standards throughout the process. This will ensure that the painting can remain on display for museum visitors. 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