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Missing pieces

From the series Operation Night Watch
The Night Watch, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642

Imagine: you want to move a large painting, but it doesn't fit in the new place. What do you do? In the case of The Night Watch in 1715, they cut off pieces. These have never been found. That’s why we’ve had so-called artificial neural networks working overtime on reconstructing the original appearance of the painting. Hour upon hour, the computers have been whirring away, recreating these missing pieces on the basis of a 17th-century copy. Read on to find out about all the biggest differences between the two versions.

Want to see it for real?

Want to see the missing pieces in real life?Then come to the Rijksmuseum! The missing pieces have been temporarily hung around The Night Watch so that you can see it as Rembrandt intended. A unique experience!

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