VAN STRAATEN PRODUCES A FULL-SIZE PRINT OF THE NIGHT WATCH FOR “REMBRANDT REMASTERED”
As part of the “Rembrandt Remastered” project, all of Rembrandt’s works have been digitally remastered and are being exhibited all over the world. For the next three years, this prestigious collection will be on view in the largest shopping mall in Tokyo, Japan. Van Straaten has produced the print of Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch, using the latest technologies.
Measuring 4.3 x 3.6 metres (14 x 12 feet), The Night Watch is not only the most celebrated, but also the largest, of Rembrandt’s paintings. The sublimation printer procured by Van Straaten earlier this year, the biggest in the world, was the perfect choice to print the remastered Night Watch. A Japanese film crew, producing a documentary about the exhibition, captured events as the print rolled off the Durst Rhotex 500 at Van Straaten in the Netherlands, under the watchful eye of Professor Ernst van de Wetering, Director of the Rembrandt Research Project.
A distinctive feature of this version is that Japanese paper was used, just as it was in the original Night Watch. Furthermore, the remastered version is somewhat wider that the original: when the painting was moved to the Royal Palace of Amsterdam in 1715, several strips were sliced off, and so The Night Watch printed by Van Straaten literally affords a new perspective on the original.
Niels van Straaten, Director of Van Straaten: “We are delighted to have been able to partner on such a magnificent project. Printing a work on the scale of The Night Watch is a perfect example of the innovative services that Van Straaten offers its clients. Using our sublimation printer, we can print canvases of this magnitude on one seamless expanse and deliver the exquisite quality characteristic of the sublimation technique.”
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