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AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data

A portion of Rembrandt's The Night Watch.

The laser-sharpened image of The Night Watch, shared on the Rijksmuseum website, lets viewers zoom into every .0005-millimeter square of the painting at fine resolution. At 717,000,000,000 pixels and 5.6 terabytes, the institution says it’s the larg

Credit: The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands has posted an ultra-high-resolution image of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch," constructed from 8,439 photos taken with a 100-megapixel HD camera that were digitized, color-corrected, and stitched together by algorithms.

The Rijksmuseum said it is the largest digital image of an art piece ever created, at 717 billion pixels and 5.6 terabytes of data.

Visitors to the museum's Website can zoom into every 0.0005-millimeter square at fine resolution.

The digital version of "The Night Watch" was created following a two-year restoration process in which artificial intelligence was used to restore missing elements from the original painting.

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