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Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI


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A restored panel (left) displayed next to the main body of the painting (right).

For the first time in 300 years, Rembrandt's famed "The Night Watch" is back on display in what researchers say is its original size, with missing parts temporarily restored in an exhibition aided by artificial intelligence.

Credit: Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

Researchers at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands used artificial intelligence to restore missing parts of Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch" for a new exhibit.

This marks the first time in 300 years that the 1642 painting is on display in its original size.

Strips that were cut from all four sides of the painting during a 1715 move and later lost were recreated by restorers and computer scientists with the help of a copy made by another artist of the time.

Images of the original painting and the smaller 1655 copy attributed to Gerrit Lundens were scaled to the same size, with the Lundens work warped to fit with the Rembrandt where the placement of figures and objects slightly differed.

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