Te Manawa presents remastered Rembrandts
On March 10, Te Manawa welcomes a modern ode to one of the most celebrated painters of all time, Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt Remastered is an exhibition of 57 digitally reproduced works, painstakingly "restored" to remove centuries of dirt and grime. They will appear in the gallery building as they may have done upon first leaving the master’s studio 400 years ago.
The paintings reproduced are some of Rembrandt’s most powerful and striking works, including The Syndics of the Amsterdam Cloth Guild, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp and The Nightwatch. The works are often those which are otherwise difficult to see: scattered through galleries worldwide; or from private collections, inaccessible to the public.
Rembrandt Remastered is the culmination of the Rembrandt Research Project, that began almost 50 years ago, cataloguing all of Rembrandt’s works before moving on to digital restoration in more recent times.
Combining the latest digital photography techniques with a deep knowledge of Rembrandt’s style and practice, the project team has given these paintings new life.
Layers of varnish that made it impossible to view a painting properly have been digitally removed.
Danae¨ was damaged by a vandal with a vial of acid in 1985; that damage has been restored.
The Nightwatch had swathes of canvas sliced off it in 1715 to fit the Amsterdam Town Hall; Rembrandt
Remastered makes it whole once more. The exhibition’s images are identical in size to the original paintings – with The Nightwatch restored to its full five-metre-wide glory. They are displayed in the order they were painted, and are accompanied by stories of the paintings and of Rembrandt himself.
This remarkable opportunity to experience Rembrandt’s world is at Te Manawa for six weeks from March. Admission is $8 and $6 concession.
Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Afull scale digital reproduction will be on display at TeManawafrom March 10.