Rembrandt’s Night Watch is considered one of the masterpieces of art history. And now you can see it at the highest resolution ever.
Humans have one of nature’s best vision systems, at least when it comes to colors. This facilitates activities like ArtBut our vision also has many limits.
One of the most accused is poor ability to see details. A limitation that we can overcome with the help of technology.
The Rijksmuseum created photograph of a painting with the highest resolution in history: 717,000 megapixels, that is to say, 717,000,000,000 pixels. It has so much detail that every pixel is as small as a human red blood cell.
The distance between two pixels is only 5 micrometers (0.005 millimeters).
The team used 100 megapixel Hasselblad H6D 400 MS camera To do 8,439 individual photos measuring 5.5 cm x 4.1 cm.
Artificial intelligence was used to stitch these small photographs together and form the final large image, with a total file size of 5.6TB.
This hard drive has an impressive 14TB capacity. Plus, it offers automatic backups if you link it to Windows or macOS and above-average ease of use.
The painting chosen to be immortalized with this level of detail is a masterpiece: Rembrandt’s night watch, whose official name is The Military Company of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburgh.
It is a large painting, 3.63 × 4.37 meters, painted around 1642, and it has a curious story behind it.
As its official name was very long, in the 19th century it began to be called Night watch.
The painting, which was already 200 years old, was blackened with varnish and dirt, and the figures were barely visible. Because it was believed to represent a group of guards patrolling at night.
When they restored the work in 1947, they discovered that the figures were actually illuminated by a ray of sunlight: the scene is represented in broad daylight.
But the name of La Ronda de la Noche was already so popular that it remained so.
East 717,000 megapixels photo it will be of great help to investigators in discovering all the secrets of painting.
It will also be vital to maintain its purity when it is restored in the future.
On this Rijksmuseum website you can enjoy photography in all its glory.
See if you can find the scars left by the stab wounds he suffered in 1975, by a mentally unbalanced.
It was not the only attack. In 1985, another visitor to the museum sprayed it with acid, luckily only damaging the varnish.