717-Gigapixel Image of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch #ArtTuesday
The image from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is being called the highest resolution photo of an artwork ever taken. Here’s more from New Atlas:
The Rijksmuseum’s “Operation Night Watch” research team had to stage an elaborate operation to create this monster digital twin. A Hasselblad H6D mounted on a special boom arm did the heavy lifting. Each shot had a depth of field of just 125 micrometres, or about 1/8th of a millimeter (0.005 in), so the team laser-scanned the surface of the painting, fine-tuned focus before every shot, and used a neural network to ensure optimal color and sharpness for each exposure.
With the distance between pixels just 5 micrometers (0.0002 in), and each pixel itself representing a space smaller than a human red blood cell, there’s now an insane amount of detail for Operation Night Watch researchers and other art historians to explore – and a neural network that can help with tasks like comparing pigment particles and mapping the use of lead soaps across the painting.
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