Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has placed Rembrandt’s baroque masterpiece The Night Watch (1642) on public display as the museum begins an extensive restoration. Lisette Vos is a paintings conservator at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Roeloefs is currently involved in the art historical research of the Night Watch and is part of the Night Watch advisory committee. Operation Night Watch is made possible by The Bennink Foundation, C.L. In the Rijksmuseum’s Fine Arts department, he primarily works as writer and editor-in-chief of a series of catalogs of 17th-century North Dutch paintings. The most famous work of Rembrandt, the Night Watch, will get a grand restoration starting July 2019. The first research part of Operation Night Watch has been a succes. Commissioned in 1642 by the mayor and leader of the civic guard of Amsterdam, Frans Banninck Cocq, to create a group portrait of his shooting company, the Night Watch is recognised as one of the most important works of art in the world today and hangs in the specially designed “Gallery of Honour” at the Rijksmuseum. A total of 56 scans were made in order to produce various maps of the chemical elements. He has been a part-time Staff Photographer for the Rijksmuseum since 2005. The restoration … In the webshop of the Rijksmuseum you will find the greatest gift items with this incomparable masterpiece. She worked closely together with responsible authors and curators for various publications. Our website uses cookies. From 2016 to 2018 she was a postdoctoral researcher in imaging science at National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, USA, where she learnt and developed reflectance imaging techniques applied to the study of many art objects. The multi-million-euro overhaul of the giant 1642 masterpiece, one of the world's most famous paintings, will also be streamed online so that "everyone in the world" can see. The technique employed can identify different pigments very precisely on the evidence of their crystalline structure. The research team is made up of more than 20 Rijksmuseum scientists, conservators, curators and photographers. “The Night Watch,” commissioned in 1642 by members of Amsterdam’s civic guard, is Rembrandt’s only painting of a militia group. The Rijksmuseum continuously monitors the condition of De Nachtwacht. Next to full conservation treatments and research on paintings, Lisette has gained (practical) experience with collections management and preventive conservation. We have the largest and most detailed image ever made of a work of art. Currently, he is part of the steering group of Operation Night Watch and is involved in the art historical research of the Night Watch. This led to the discovery that Rembrandt removed feathers from the helmets on the painting and that he used pigments containing poisonous arsenic. From 2012 to 2016, she was project leader of the NWO-sponsored ‘Science4Arts PAinT Project’ focusing on aspects of metal soaps and pigment-binder interactions. All the Rembrandts of the Rijksmuseum (15 February to 10 June 2019) will bring together the Rijksmuseum’s entire collection of Rembrandt’s paintings, drawings and prints, for the first time in history. Lisette has worked on special projects for the reopening of the Rijksmuseum in 2013, this included the stretching of two large scale wax-resin lined paintings, one being the largest free hanging painting in the Rijksmuseum: The Battle of Waterloo (J.W. For Operation Night Watch, Katrien will be responsible for the scientific research and paint sample analyses. In total the robot has taken more than 8400 photos at an extremely high resolution of 5 microme-tres, or five thousandths of a millimetre. The Night Watch (1642) is one of the most famous paintings in the world - but why? Rembrandt was paid 1,600 guilders for the painting (each person paid one hundred), a large sum at the time. It is celebrated particularly for its bold and energetic composition, with the musketeers being depicted ‘in motion’, rather than in static portrait poses. Eighteen names appear on a shield, painted circa 1715, in the center-right background, as the hired drummer was added to the painting for free. In 2016, two Rembrandt portraits were, The research phase will take almost a year, a representative of the Rijksmuseum team confirmed via email, and only then a final restoration plan will be presented. Part of Rembrandt’s masterpiece was scanned for Operation Night Watch. In October 2018, the Nightwatch becomes breaking news in both the Dutch and international media: the Rijksmuseum announces a large-scale research project and subsequent restoration of the Nightwatch. During this time he developed the metals conservation training program now being taught at the University of Amsterdam. The sculpture gallery behind the Night Watch Gallery will be closed during Operation Night Watch. Since 2009 he is Head of Fine and Decorative Arts of the Rijkmuseum. Prior to joining the Rijksmuseum in 2014, she worked for 18 years at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, where she treated numerous paintings by Rembrandt. One reflects on the research into the identification of the guardsmen in Rembrandt’s Night Watch and the other on a suggestion for a new interpretation of its original location. The Night Watch will be encased in a state-of-the-art clear glass chamber designed by the French architect Jean Michel Wilmotte. It belongs to us all, and that is why we have decided to conduct the restoration within the museum itself – and everyone, wherever they are, will be able to follow the process online. A digital platform will allow viewers from all over the world to follow the entire process online continuing the Rijksmuseum innovation in the digital field. Amsterdam's famed Rijksmuseum will begin today the biggest ever restoration of Rembrandt's The Night Watch, erecting a huge glass cage around the painting so the public can see the work carried out live.. Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum has begun historic restoration work on Rembrandt's 17th-century masterpiece "The Night Watch." She coordinated the research project ‘Matthijs Maris at Work’, and the accompanying book publication. Following a postgraduate internship at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge (MA), she has been working as a paintings conservator at the Rijksmuseum since 2004. The department Science, a sub-department of Conservation & Science, conducts research on the Rijksmuseum collection in close collaboration with conservators, curators and (technical) art historians. He has also contributed to a number of Rijksmuseum exhibition catalogs. Since 2007 she has been working as a paintings conservator at the Rijksmuseum. Since 2019 Lisette is involved as an active participant in several grant projects within the Getty Foundation’s Conserving Canvas Initiative, which aims to pass on and expand knowledge and practical skills for the structural treatment of canvas paintings. Taco Dibbits, General Director Rijksmuseum: The Night Watch is one of the most famous paintings in the world. The Rijksmuseum invites members of the public to watch the entire process at the museum and online. Rembrandt used a wide array of pigments for The Night Watch. During and after her conservation studies she worked at the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), the Mauritshuis and in private practice. Since 2015 Robert also serves as chair of NICAS (Netherlands Institute of Conservation, Art and Science), an innovative multidisciplinary research centre housed in the Rijksmuseum Conservation building, uniting art history, conservation and the exact sciences. Ige Verslype studied Art History at the University of Utrecht and was trained as a paintings conservator at the Limburg Conservation Institute (SRAL), Maastricht. For Operation Night Watch she will be responsible for the conservation treatment of the painting. It is more than 40 years since the Night Watch underwent its last major restoration, following an attack on the painting in 1975. After shortly working at the Museum of the Tropics, he became a metals conservator at the Rijksmuseum in 1995. Why touching art is so tempting -- and exciting. Last restored in 1975 following a knife attack, the restoration of The Night Watch is expected to take years. Carola is one of the initiators of the Manual photographing 3D objects for the Rijksmuseum that was published during 2and3D Photography conference, Amsterdam (2017). Her expertise lies in aging and degradation studies of pigments and oil paintings at the micro- and molecular level, especially related to pigment-binding medium interactions. Last year saw the completion of the restoration of Rembrandt’s spectacular portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. This will ensure that the painting can remain on display for museum visitors. 2744. Minuscule samples of paint are taken in order to answer several questions about The Night Watch. Henni is also involved in establishing guidelines for 2D digitization that serve as the standard for all photography in the museum. Die historische Sammlung der Kasseler Gemäldegalerie' (2006) and in Amsterdam 'Late Rembrandt' (2015, with Jonathan Bikker in collaboration with the National Gallery, London). She was also main researcher of the ‘REVISRembrandt Project’ about the development and application of new chemical imaging techniques to Rembrandt’s late painting technique. She also holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The depiction of gold-brocaded velvets in fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Netherlandish paintings’. This will ensure that the painting can remain on display for museum visitors. Painted over several years, The Night Watch was commissioned as a group portrait of an Amsterdam city militia and broke new ground by showing its subjects in action rather than as a static portrait. Among the exhibition projects he was involved in are ‘Asia > Amsterdam’ (2015, with Peabody Essex Museum, Salem) and ‘Hercules Segers’ (2016, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). As an expert in the material aspects of Rembrandt paintings she has (co-)published widely in conservation and scientific journals. Petria Noble is Head of Paintings Conservation at the Rijksmuseum. Weber studied art history at universities in Cologne, Aachen and Utrecht. In 2013 she joined the interdisciplinary research ‘From Isolation to Coherence: an Integrated Technical, Visual and Historical Study of 17th and 18th Century Dutch Painting Ensembles’. More information? The multi-million-euro overhaul of Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch', one of the world's most famous paintings, will be streamed online An Amsterdam museum on … Carola van Wijk has been working as a staff photographer at the Rijksmuseum since 2007. She has been involved in MA-XRF imaging of several paintings by Rembrandt including the Jewish Bride, the Syndics and Claudius Civilis and will be involved in the technical research and conservation treatment of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Night Watch Restoration Project: See it live online or in person. Paintings are often varnished with a transparent varnish layer to saturate and protect the paint layers. When Carola is, with Henni van Beek, the author of the instruction manual for the photography of 2D objects. For Operation As part of the research team for Operation Night Watch, Francesca will be responsible for the visible (VIS) to near Infrared (NIR) imaging spectroscopy techniques. The Night Watch will be visible in the glass chamber during the entire project. The Night Watch is scanned successively by three different cameras. In 2008, she received a PhD in chemistry from FOM Institute AMOLF/ UvA on the topic of ‘Color changes and chemical reactivity in seventeenth-century oil paintings’. He studied Art History at McMaster University and Queen’s University in Canada. The Night Watch by Rembrandt, one of the world’s most spectacular paintings, is to be restored under the world’s gaze at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, its … ED OUDENAARDEN / AFP / Getty. Benefactors and partners of the Rijksmuseum His current work focuses on applying data science and microstructural analysis to collect, process, and visualize massive multimodal datasets for art objects. Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch is to stay on public display as part of the Rijksmuseum's biggest restoration project in its history. It was left with several cuts up to 12 inches long, leading to the last major restoration work. In addition, the cameras reveal the underlaying sketch layers or modifications. AMSTERDAM — The Rijksmuseum announced on Tuesday that it will restore Rembrandt’s “ Night Watch,” a monumental group portrait that holds pride … She trained as a chemist (MSc, UvA) and a paintings conservator (SRAL), before she specialized in the materials analysis and ageing and deterioration processes of old master paintings. Laura Raven is a Junior Paintings Conservator who graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a BA in Art History (2011), and a MSc (2013) and Professional Doctorate (2016) in Conservation and Restoration of Paintings. Before focusing on cultural heritage, he worked on multiscale computational materials science, image processing, and machine learning for design of novel materials and material processing. In the framework of Operation Night Watch she will work on different photographic techniques. Its nickname derives from the fact that the many layers of varnish applied to the painting over the centuries darkened it to the point that it seemed to depict a night scene. Among other things this provides us with a mass of information about the pigments that Rembrandt used in the painting. In 2016-2017 she was involved in the ‘Matthijs Maris at Work’ technical research project, and the accompanying book publication at the Rijksmuseum. The painting was commissioned around 1639 by Captain Banninck Cocq and seventeen members of his Kloveniers (civic militia guards). All three can detect a different band of the electromagnetic spectrum. He is the author of ‘Marten and Oopjen: two monumental portraits by Rembrandt’ (2016) and ‘Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel’ (2019). In the framework of Operation Night Watch he will work on different photographic techniques. 2019, The Year of Rembrandt 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. Die Blendung Simsons und der Segen Jakobs' (2005/2006), 'Rembrandts landscapes' (2006, in collaboration with the Lakenhal, Leyden), 'Rembrandt-Bilder. Jonathan Bikker has worked at the Rijksmuseum since 2001 and has been Curator of Research since 2006. The varnish was removed in the 1940s, revealing a much brighter composition, but the name stuck. She will be involved in the technical research of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. In the framework of Operation Night Watch she will work on different photographic techniques. In the frame work of the of the Late Rembrandt exhibition in 2015 she performed research into the painting technique of Rembrandt’s late works and contributed to the catalogue essay on the artist’s experimental technique. Nienke conducted full restoration treatments and technical research on paintings by Colijn de Coter, Jan van Goyen, Aert de Gelder, George Hendrik Breitner and Fernand Khnopff. Pieneman). It hangs in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which has planned the restoration in … Giulia Sara de Vivo is a paintings conservator trained at the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro in Rome (2007) and at the Universita’ della Tuscia (2014). Operation Night Watch will be carried out over the coming years – in a glass chamber so the visiting public can follow its progress. The scan can reveal the different crystalline structures of pigments at an atomic level. In 2014 Lisette participated in the research project ‘From Isolation to Coherence: an Integrated Technical, Visual and Historical Study of 17th and 18th Century Dutch Painting Ensembles’ at the Delft University of Technology and the Rijksmuseum. In addition to this he gives courses on digitization and the evaluation of scans to new co-workers at the National Archive. The Rijksmuseum will livestream the restoration of its most famous painting, "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt, so you can watch it on your phone from anywhere in the world. 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. She is conducting her PhD research on the technical development of painted wall hangings within this project. The Night Watch, a group portrait of Amsterdam’s civic guard in motion, has been exhibited as its main attraction since 1808. The Year of Rembrandt, 2019, marks the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death with two major exhibitions honouring the great master painter. She is currently involved in the technical art historical research of the Night Watch. In 2012 he finished his PhD at Delft University of Technology combining Materials Science and Art History with the title: ‘Technical Studies of Renaissance Bronzes'. Operation Night Watch has started 8 July and is ongoing. The wall-sized masterpiece "The Night Watch" showcases a group of 17th-century militiamen in dramatic light. From this week, "The Night Watch," one of Dutch master Rembrandt's most famous paintings, will be painstakingly restored in front of what could be millions of onlookers. These articles appeared as a special edition of the Rijksmuseum Bulletin in 1976 following the 1975 conservation treatment. As conservator she worked on numerous paintings from the 17th to the 19th century, from Van Goyen to Van Gogh. 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. Annelies van Loon is Paintings research scientist at the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis. Robert is project leader of the scientific research and conservation treatment of the Night Watch. The Night Watch has been restored twice before. Roelofs curated a variety of exhibitions, including ‘The Limbourg Brothers: Nijmegen Masters at the French Court’ (2005, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen), Hendrick Avercamp: Master of the Ice scene (2009, with the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Gabriel Metsu (2010, with the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin / NGA, Washington DC) and Rembrandt, Claudius Civilis (2014). She studied Art History and conservation at New York University (USA). Help us to preserve The Night Watch for future generations. In 2012-15 she was employed by the Vatican Museums, before that she had worked on the Omayyad paintings of UNESCO World Heritage site Qusayr Amra (Kingdom of Jordan, 2012) and held a private practice in conservation. She studied Art History at the University of Utrecht (1991-1996) and paintings conservation at the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) in Maastricht (1998-2003). A cookie is a small text file which will be saved on your computer or mobile device when you visit our website. That enables the researchers to distinguish between the various pigments. Nienke Woltman graduated from the Paintings Conservation Masters Programme at the University of Amsterdam in 2012 and has been working as Junior Paintings Conservator at the Rijksmuseum since 2013. A total of 34 characters appear in the painting. The 3D scan is one of the last steps in the preparations for the Night Watch restoration. Her research focuses mainly on the painting technique of Dutch 17th century artists, including Johannes Cornelis Verspronck and Pieter de Hooch. From this week, "The Night Watch," one of Dutch master Rembrandt's most famous paintings, will be painstakingly restored in front of what could be millions of onlookers. To determine whether the varnish can be safely removed from the paint layers, varnish removal tests are currently being carried out. Operation Night Watch would not be possible without our benefactors and partners. The second exhibition, Rembrandt-Velázquez (11 October 2019 to 19 January 2020), will put the master in international context by placing 17th-century Spanish and Dutch masterpieces in dialogue with each another. In addition, more than 12,000 high-resolution photographs will be taken from a distance of up to 5 micrometers (a thousandth of a millimeter), revealing never before seen details in the pigments. It will then be scanned millimeter by millimeter using X-rays, which will result in a map of the exact chemical elements that it is made of, laying Rembrandt's painting process bare. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum on Monday began the painstaking and costly process of restoring the famous Rembrandt painting Night Watch - a task which will take at … In the framework of Operation Night Watch, Victor will carry out chemical imaging of the painting and synchrotron studies of pigments used by Rembrandt. Pieter Roelofs is curator of 17th century Dutch painting at the Rijksmuseum since 2006. With a size of no less than 44.8 gigapixels you can zoom in so far that Rembrandt's paint strokes and even the pigment particles in the paint become visible. They may also want to see how the paint layers are built up, or whether the paint has altered in the course of time, and if so, how. From 2010 to 2016 he was a freelance photographer involved in the Bosch Research and Conservation Project. He is currently involved in the scientific research of the Night Watch, where he is responsible for the scientific data infrastructure and computational imaging. He gives advice about technical specifications when outsourcing diverse projects and how to maintain quality standards throughout the process. Gregor J.M. From 1994 to 2004, Weber served as curator of Italian painting at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, and from 2004 to 2009 as director of the Gemäldegalerie in Kassel. She will be involved in the technical research and conservation treatment of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Erma Hermens is Rijksmuseum Professor of Studio Practice and Technical Art History at the University of Amsterdam, Art History, Faculty of Humanities, and Senior Researcher in Technical Art History at the Rijksmuseum. He worked as a lecturer at various institutions, including the University of Bamberg, which appointed him 'honorary professor' in 2005. For Operation Night Watch she is responsible for the macro-XRF scanning of the painting. Within the Night Watch project Lisette will be involved in the technical research and conservation treatment of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. The Night Watch The Rijksmuseum has launched the largest research and restoration project in its history on July 8, 2019: the restoration of The Night Watch. "The Night Watch" has a troubled history. Her current research activities include the application of non-invasive imaging techniques for the study of late Rembrandt paintings. Rembrandt's 17th century masterpiece "The Night Watch" begins restoration work on Monday in Amsterdam where visitors will be able to watch every step of the Rijksmuseum's biggest ever project. It had to be restored again in 1976, after a man edited the painting a year earlier with a knife. Each scan will take 24 hours and 56 scans will be required to cover the entire canvas. de Carvalho-Heineken, PACCAR Foundation, Piet van der Slikke & Sandra Swelheim, American Express Foundation, Familie De Rooij, Het AutoBinck Fonds, Segula Technologies, 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. Prior to this, he held a one-year postdoctoral position at TU Delft, after obtaining a PhD in Chemistry from the Sorbonne-UPMC University and the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France in Paris (C2RMF). Prior to that, he studied applied Physics for two years at the University of Twente. The Night Watch belongs to the city of Amsterdam, and it been the highlight of the Rijksmuseum collection since 1808. Victor Gonzalez is junior scientist in the Science Department at the Rijksmuseum where he is involved in the scientific analysis of the materials and techniques of old master paintings, with a focus on historic inorganic pigments. The restorers, data experts and art historians at the Rijksmuseum call it Operation Night Watch. In 1715, when it was removed from its original location, it was trimmed on all sides to make it fit between two columns in its new home, at the Amsterdam Town Hall, cutting off a portion of Rembrandt's original work and losing two figures. The researchers will try to explore and unravel mysteries that … Henni van Beek, has been working as photographer for the project ‘Printroom Online’ at the Rijksmuseum since 2007. In 2013 she successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis ‘All that glitters is not gold. Sorry, there aren’t any updates on the research phase yet. The current varnish layers on the Night Watch are not original but were applied during the restorations in the ‘70s and ‘90s. The painting was slashed again In 1975, this time by an unemployed schoolteacher with a history of mental illness. The actual restoration is expected to start early next year - a few months later than planned as the coronavirus delayed the studies. With his skills as a semi-physicist, he has developed several tools to improve the photographic workflow. Graduated in 2007 to take years celebrated masterpiece next year - a few months later than planned as the for... 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