AP – Rembrandt van Rijn’s iconic portray The Evening Watch might be restretched to eliminate deformations in its prime left nook, the Netherlands’ nationwide museum introduced just lately.
The 379.5×453.5-centimetre canvas might be faraway from its wood stretcher subsequent month and positioned on a brand new one to take away rippling that was prompted when the world well-known portray was housed in a brief gallery whereas the Rijksmuseum underwent main renovations from 2003-2013.
The oil on canvas portray depicts an Amsterdam civil militia and reveals off Rembrandt’s famend use of sunshine and composition to create a dynamic scene crammed with characters.
The museum mentioned the ripples had been probably brought on by “extreme climatic fluctuations within the gallery” the place it hung in the course of the rebuilding work on its landmark residence in Amsterdam.
“We really feel this is essential to do to for the long run preservation of the portray. The deformation (is) then anticipated to calm down and the portray then will assume a flatter, extra even floor,” mentioned Petria Noble, the museum’s head of work conservation.
The portray has undergone many restorations over its lifetime. It was positioned on its current wood stretcher in 1975. As soon as the portray has been restretched, the museum will determine on whether or not additional restoration work is required.
The announcement got here because the museum rounded off a protracted and minutely detailed scrutiny of the portray utilizing a battery of high-tech imaging expertise, together with scans that exposed a preparatory sketch of the work beneath the paint.
“It offers us the sensation we are able to peek over Rembrandt’s shoulder whereas he was engaged on The Evening Watch,” mentioned Pieter Roelofs, the museum’s head of work and sculpture.