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Experience The Night Watch

Created in celebration of Rembrandt Year 2019, the 350th anniversary of the artist's death, this documentary-style website from the Rijks Museum discusses the history and planned restoration of one of the most famous paintings in the world, The Night Watch (De Nacht Wacht), 1642, by Rembrandt van Rijn. Readers may want to begin by selecting Operation Night Watch on the site's Home page for an eight-section overview of the reason the project is being undertaken, past restoration efforts, discussion of the materials and techniques involved, and more. Each of these sections are about one to two minutes in length and include audio-visual narration with accompanying transcripts. Once familiarized with the project's mission and context, users can move on to explore other sections, also accessible from the Home page. These sections are devoted to areas like the History of The Night Watch, details on the work's Composition, as well as its Secrets, where the curators state that in the painting "nothing is what it seems. Rembrandt made choices that centuries later would still raise questions." Those looking for a brief yet comprehensive resource should navigate to the Highlights Tour, which pulls excerpts from sections across the site.
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