participate in the creation of the artist’s first virtual museum

Today, the Rembrandt Heritage Foundation launches the sale of over 8,000 pieces of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch on NFT. The project will contribute in particular to the creation of a museum dedicated to the Dutch master in the metaverse.

Who would have believed it. Buying a (piece of) Rembrandt is possible for around 200 euros… online! This Wednesday, October 12, the Rembrandt Heritage Foundation and blockchain specialist HODL Finance are selling 8,000 digital fragments of The night watch (1642) by Rembrandt van Rijn for 0.15 ETH (just over 200 euros today). By purchasing one of these NFTs, buyers will receive a random detail of approximately 25 cm2 of the canvas, as well as a certificate of ownership of this unique version of the work reconstructed by the art historian Ernst van de Wetering. The digital details are on sale on the site of the future MetaRembrandt Museum, the artist’s first virtual museum, and will then be available on the Opensea platform. The money raised from the sale of NFT will largely be invested in the creation of Place 2.0.


Buy a detail of The night watch in a single version

Future buyers will be surprised to find out their details night patrol in a remastered version by Ernst van de Wetering that presents the masterpiece as it must have been before 1715, when it was torn to pieces during its transfer to Amsterdam City Hall to pass through a door. Therefore, every NFT for sale is classified into one of these categories: common details, lost details, hidden stories, portraits and eyes.

Detail of an eye from Rembrandt’s The Night Watch sold as an NFT by the Rembrandt Heritage Foundation. © The Rembrandt Heritage Foundation

Between 2006 and 2021, the specialist was commissioned by the holding TCR to digitize and reconstruct all of Rembrandt’s works. Under his direction and supervision and based on his knowledge of art history, unique and restored versions of the original works have been created. The exploitation of these versions is reserved exclusively for the Rembrandt Heritage Foundation, an organization based in Amsterdam. The company has notably used them previously in the context of physical exhibitions titled “Rembrandt Remastered” around the world which brought together all these improved reproductions to allow the public to contemplate all of the artist’s works in one place (which is impossible. with the originals).

Rembrandt, The Night Watch, 1642, oil on canvas, 379.5 x 453.5 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt, The Night Watch, 1642, oil on canvas, 379.5 x 453.5 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Preserve and pass on the artist’s legacy

Our goal is to ensure that Rembrandt’s works remain accessible to all throughout life. With the opening of the MetaRembrandt Museum, people will be able to see all of the Dutch master’s paintings in a digital environment. It is the only place in the world where this is possible. “, Explains Pim Slager, co-founder of the Rembrandt Heritage Foundation. Thus, after rotating the “Rembrandt Remastered” exhibition, the foundation decided to bring together the remastered versions of the Dutch Golden Age master’s works in one place online: the first digital museum dedicated to the artist. This intangible structure will preserve these unique versions of Rembrandt’s works forever for future generations using blockchain and web3 technology. Accessible via the metaverse, anyone, regardless of location, can access the museum and admire the artist’s precious masterpieces.

Entrance to the MetaRembrandt digital museum © The Rembrandt Heritage Foundation

Entrance to the MetaRembrandt digital museum © The Rembrandt Heritage Foundation

8,000 founders of the MetaRembrandt Museum

The subject of a restoration of a multimillion-dollar event called “Operation Night Watch” launched over three years ago, The night watch it is one of the jewels of the Rijksmuseum. If the Amsterdam museum does not collaborate with the foundation for this initiative, it does not reject the digital conservation project of Rembrandt’s work. ” The Rijksmuseum collection is for everyone. The museum has a royalty-free image policy, allowing anyone to use its images “, Said the institute contacted by” Knowledge of the arts “. By purchasing a digital version of The night watch, the holders of the 8,000 details thus took part in the creation of the MetaRembrandt Museum and became its founders. The foundation grants them exclusive lifetime access to the digital museum, as well as invitations to events at the MetaRembrandt Museum and in real life.

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