Operation Night Watch is the largest research and conservation project ever for Rembrandt's masterpiece. This is happening live in the museum for you to see.

The research

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. To gain a better understanding of its condition as a whole, the decision has been taken to conduct a thorough examination. This detailed study is necessary to determine the best treatment plan, and will involve imaging techniques, high-resolution photography and highly advanced computer analysis. 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 team

Een portretfoto van Robert van Langh Een portretfoto van Robert van Langh

Robert van Langh
Head Conservation & Science

Susan Smelt
Paintings Conservator

Een portret van Katrien Keune Een portret van Katrien Keune

Katrien Keune
Head of Science

Robert Erdmann
Senior Scientist

Annelies van Loon
Paintings Research Scientist

Francesca Gabrieli
Junior Science

Victor Gonzalez
Junior Science

Carola van Wijk
Photographer

Henni van Beek
Photographer

Petria Noble
Head of Paintings Conservation

Lisette Vos
Paintings Conservator

Esther van Duijn
Paintings Conservator

Anna Krekeler
Paintings Conservator

Giulia de Vivo  
Paintings Conservator

Een portret van Ige Verslype Een portret van Ige Verslype

Ige Verslype
Paintings Conservator

Laura Raven
Junior Paintings Conservator

Nienke Woltman
Junior Paintings Conservator

Gregor Weber
Head of Fine and Decorative Arts

Jonathan Bikker
Curator of 17th-century Dutch paintings

Pieter Roelofs
Head of Paintings and Sculpture

Erma Hermens
Professor

We thank

Operation Night Watch is made possible by The Bennink Foundation, C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken, PACCAR Foundation, Piet van der Slikke & Sandra Swelheim, American Express Foundation, Familie De Rooij, Het AutoBinck Fonds, TBRM Engineering Solutions, 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.

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.

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Guide dogs allowed
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5 min. reading time - Operation Night Watch