Te Manawa presents re­mas­tered Rem­brandts

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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.

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