Operation Night Watch is the largest and most wide-ranging research and conservation project in the history of Rembrandt’s masterpiece. The goal of Operation Night Watch is the long-term preservation of the painting. Read more about Operation Night Watch.

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10 min. readig time - How a Caravaggio painting inspired the spring tensioning system of The Night Watch

1:19 min. - The Night Watch has a new stretcher

5 min. reading time - A new stretcher for The Night Watch

2:05 min. - Start of the treatment

0:55 min. - Rembrandt's masterpiece goes face down!

5 min. reading time - What is being done?

5 min. reading time - An accident in 1901

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What are the key findings?

5 min. reading time - Research results of the dog on The Night Watch

2:57 min. - What is it and how did Rembrandt use it?

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5-10 min. reading time - A paint sample from the shooting musketeer

5 min. reading time - Operatie Nachtwacht

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Zoom in to miniscule pigment particles

5 min. reading time - How did the team create this image?

5 min. reading time - Discoloured retouching visible

5 min. reading time - What do we see on the high resolution image?

See the work as Rembrandt intended it

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10 min. readig time - Right in the spotlight

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10 min. reading time - Who is he?

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5 min. reading time - Who was he and what do we know about him?

4:49 min. - Come closer than ever before!

Zoom in on the details and learn more about the painting

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5 min. - How good is the adhesion between the original canvas and the lining canvas?

11:13 min. - For the first time in 300 years The Night Watch is complete again!

1:17 min. - The Night Watch was originally bigger. It really was!

1:57 min - Artificial intelligence

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View and compare the reconstruction with The Night Watch

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5-10 min. reading time - The centre of the drum

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10 min. reading time - Rembrandt’s drum explained

10 min. reading time - Archival research into the cutting of The Night Watch

5 min. reading time - The 1975-76 treatment

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2:33 min. - Polygoon Hollands Nieuws 1976

5 min. reading time - I’d like to paint another copy of The Night Watch at some point

5 min. reading time - Creator of the comic strip Dirkjan

5 min. reading time - Main partner of Operation Night Watch

10 min. reading time - Eye to eye with The Night Watch, a goosebump moment

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01:21 min. - Why is The Night Watch being investigated?

01:22 min. - A photo assembled from thousands of smaller photos taken by a robot

02:00 min. - Conservation specialists look through the paint layers of The Night Watch

01:22 min. - Fly over the thick layers of paint on Rembrandt's masterpiece

01:37 min. - Why do conservation specialists remove very small pieces of paint?

01:53 min. - See some of the amazing discoveries in Operation Night Watch