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Why Rembrandt's The Night Watch is still a mystery

Enthusiasts can follow the latest on the restoration work online. The celebrated painting was last restored more than 40 years ago after it was slashed with a knife.

The Night Watch is considered Rembrandt's most ambitious work. It was commissioned by the mayor and leader of the civic guard of Amsterdam, Frans Banninck Cocq, who wanted a group portrait of his militia company.

The painting is nearly 4m tall and 4. As well as being famous for its size, the painting is acclaimed for its use of dramatic lighting and movement. But experts at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum are concerned that aspects of the masterpiece are changing, pointing as an example to the blanching of the figure of a small dog. The museum said the multi-million euro research and restoration project under way would help staff gain a better understanding of the painting's condition.

Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' restoration goes under public watch

Today operationnightwatch has officially started at the Rijksmuseum. And we felt that the public has the right to see what happens to that painting. Dubbed "Operation Night Watch", the project is the "largest and most comprehensive research on Rembrandt's masterpiece in history", the museum added in a statement.


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Rembrandt van Rijn was commissioned by the mayor and leader of the civic guard of Amsterdam, Frans Banninck Cocq, to paint the picture of the officers and other members of the so-called "Night Watch" militia. Experts say the groundbreaking three metre by four metre nine feet by 13 feet picture is the first of its kind to show such a group in motion, rather than in static poses, and features the interplay of light and shadow that the Dutch master is famed for.

Over the last three centuries Rembrandt's brooding painting has endured travails including an escape from the Nazis, losing large chunks from each side during a move, and three attacks by vandals.

Third Amsterdam period (1643–58)

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