The Rijksmuseum has published the “most detailed” photo of Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” with a resolution of 717 gigapixels 


For this, the authors used almost 8.5 thousand images.

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According to the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum art museum, it is “the largest and most detailed photograph of a work of art ever made.” The resolution of the digital copy of “Night Watch” is 717 gigapixels or 717,000,000,000 pixels. It was published on the museum’s website.

The resulting image file is 5.6 terabytes in size. A total of 8,439 individual 5.5 cm x 4.1 cm photographs were used to create the image, which were connected by artificial intelligence. The pixel spacing is 5 micrometers, which means that one pixel is smaller than a human red blood cell.

The real name of the painting is “Speech by the rifle company of Captain Frans Banning Kok and Lieutenant Willem van Reitenbürg.” It is kept in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In 2020, the Rijksmuseum published an image of the painting with a resolution of 44.8 gigapixels.

In 2018, the museum began its restoration, the process was broadcast live. Three years later, with the help of artificial intelligence, it was possible to restore the missing parts of the canvas – three new figures appeared on it.

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