According tomedia, a new high-resolution scan of The Night Tour allows you to zoom in up close to see all the small details: small cracks in the strokes, eyes and nose, and even the facial expressions of each character. “Night Tour” was created by Rembrandt van Rijn in 1642. There are several reasons why the painting has become so famous, including its size, which is 11.91 feet by 14.34 feet, and its approach to the stage effect, and its use of light and shadow to emphasize specific characters in the painting.
The new scan was released by an imaging team at the National Museum of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The release of high-resolution images is part of the study and preservation of Rembrandt’s work.
This isn’t the first time the painting has been posted online in high resolution, but it stands out for improvements in color, lighting and shadow detail. Google Arts and Culture also has a picture of the painting, but, as Rob Erdmann, senior scientist at Rijksmuseum, points out on Twitter, the Rijksmuseum version is “25 times more data” than Google’s version and has a better color inglinatos.
This real painting is on display at Rijksmuseum.