The investigation into the state of the Night Watch will start on 8 July 2019.

A team of researchers, curators and conservators is working in a special glass room, which is placed in front of the 377-year-old painting, so that the artwork remains visible to the museum visitors.

This probably most famous painting by Rembrandt becomes thorough because changes are taking place in the painting, such as the blurring of the dog in the bottom right of the painting.

11,400 photos are taken with an ultra-high resolution. The cracks in the painting are studied with special scanners and the pigments are examined with a high-tech laser. All this information is used to find out the best way to restore The Night Watch for the coming generations.

Upside down

“We are about to turn the world of painting conservation upside down and do things that have never been tried before,” says Robert van Langh, Head of Conservation and Restoration at the Rijksmuseum.

Paint experts from Sikkens/ Akzo Nobel also participate in the research team. AkzoNobel previously supplied 8,000 liters of paint that was used for the renovation of the Rijksmuseum that took ten years. The paint company developed a special color pallet for this, which corresponds to the colors that were originally used by architect Pierre Cuypers.

The restoration of De Nachtwacht can be followed live on https: // www.


At the photo:

CEO Thierry Vanlancker of AkzoNobel and Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum.

Image via Rijksmuseum