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“The Night Watch”, an 18th century painting by Rembrandt, has regained its integrity thanks to artificial intelligence.
He is the star of the Amsterdam museum (Netherlands). As the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, The Night watch is the object of all attention. “It is the absolute masterpiece of Rembrandt “, assures Pieter Roelofs, curator at the Rijksmuseum. But few people know that the painting was originally larger. Painted in 1642 by Rembrandt to adorn a castle, it moved in 1715 to the old town hall of Amsterdam. For lack of space, the painting is cut with scissors and the pieces disappear.
But a copy had been made by another painter. By scanning the original and the copy, the computers imagined and reconstructed the missing pieces. All that remained was to print them on a canvas and mount them around the painting to make museum visitors rediscover the original work. However, the additions remain clearly visible. Rembrandt’s paw, his brushstroke, remain inimitable.