Canon Nederland participates in lifelike photographic reproduction of the Night Watch in Amsterdam

July 12, 2019

From 4 July to 4 August 2019, photographer Julius Rooymans and fashion designer Hans Ubbink will be presenting the exhibition 'Nachtwacht360' in Amsterdam. An exhibition culminating in a photographic reproduction of Rembrandt's masterpiece. In this lifelike photo - in actual size - the original Night Watch has been copied in great detail with the help of people who resemble their predecessors depicted in paint. The exhibition Nachtwacht360 also has a downside, where we look over the shoulders of the people on the canvas and see Rembrandt at work. In addition, the canvases are flanked during the exhibition by more than 35 portraits and attributes used in the photos. Canon Nederland NV.

All canvases from the exhibition are printed using large format printers from Canon. The beautiful headlines, special costumes and seventeenth-century weapons are depicted in detail and with a very high quality. The final prints are so sharp that you literally see the hair coming from someone's cheek. The Night Watch360 and its reverse side are printed on 'dibond' with the Océ Arizona 480XT printer. The various panels were then cut to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter on a laser-controlled cutter, so that the final image of 420x535 cm could be seamlessly joined together. The shooters' portraits and the scenes on the reverse are printed on special art paper on Canon's high-quality imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 printer.

Het Beeldgebouw delivers modern masterpieceima

The prints are made by Canon partner Het Beeldgebouw, part of Hollandridderkerk. Owner Arno de Winter was happy to join this project as a partner: “As important as the quality of the painting canvas used to be for Dutch Masters like Rembrandt, a quality print for modern 'masters' is so important. We have chosen to create the Nachtwacht360 with the Océ Arizona 480XT printer. This allows us to make a high-quality print that does justice to the details that have been carefully captured in this photographic reproduction. We are proud of the result and our contribution to this special project! ”

Double roll for Canon

Dennis Hoogendoorn, Marketing Manager Canon Netherlands, has been involved in the project for months as a consultant. He has a double role. In his first conversation with the modern 'masters' about the project, he turned out to be astonishment to Rembrandt himself and was allowed to take on this role. So he plays the leading role on the downside. Hoogendoorn: “It is very special to be involved in this project in these two ways. As a consultant, it soon became clear that only the very best printing technology was good enough for the production of the Night Watch360. That also makes Canon a logical partner. Thanks to the breadth of our product spectrum, we were able to test various scenarios and ultimately achieve the highest print quality in the largest format.

Canon is increasingly collaborating with artists and creative initiatives. “For example, we have set up a flatbed printer in the Piet Hein Eek workshop, with which he could experiment to his heart's content. That ultimately resulted in the Plywood Print Collection, made for the Rijksmuseum and the Bijenkorf. ”

Night watch360

The Night Watch360 is made in the original format of the Night Watch, including the sides cut off in 1715. Faces, attitudes, costumes and attributes that are visible in the original painting have been copied in the most realistic and authentic way possible. What is special is that the people in the photos were selected after an extensive process based on their resemblance to the main characters of the masterpiece from the Golden Age. The seventeenth-century armor, weapons and helmets were borrowed from collections of collectors in the Netherlands wherever possible. Attributes that no longer existed or were conceived by Rembrandt himself were specially designed for this project. Both artisan seventeenth-century and contemporary techniques were used for this. A number of the objects are shown during the exhibition.

Exhibition open to the public

The exhibition is open to the public from 4 July up to and including 4 August. Tickets are available via this link . The exhibition is in Hans Ubbink's studio in the Van Gendthallen on Oostenburgermiddenstraat 101 in Amsterdam. Adults pay € 12.49 and young people up to the age of 18 are free when accompanied. For more information, see . The reproduction will soon also be on display in the Rijksmuseum, as part of the Lang Leve Rembrandt exhibition.

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