Watch Rembrandt masterpiece get a face lift in person
Amsterdam, Jul 19 (EFE), (Camera: Imane Rachidi).- The restoration of "The Night Watch" by Dutch master Rembrandt has become a tourist attraction in and of itself as 25 experts at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum bring the work back to its original brilliance behind a glass plane like a team of surgeons. Hundreds of tourists from across the world line up for a chance to peer into the restoration chamber and catch a glimpse of the biggest restoration process this Dutch Golden Age painting has undergone since the oil was first applied to the canvas in 1642. The project has brought together expert curators, art conservationists and scientists. They use state-of-the-art imaging technology to build a layer-by-layer portrait of the painting's history. The Operation Night Watch team will conduct 56 imaging analyses of the canvas using a selection of different technologies, the first of which involves Macro X-Ray fluorescent scanning. Unlike the regular X-Ray technology used in hospitals, Macro XRF provides a non-invasive manner to track heavy and light elements in the painting, isolating the smallest brushstroke, adjustment or correction the artist made in the creation of the artwork.