Museum Announces Highest Resolution Ever for an Image of a Painting

Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch "can now be viewed on computers everywhere in ultra high definition," writes The Hill. But ultra high definition is an understatement, according to long-time Slashdot reader dr_blurb. "Some tech specs: 717 Gigapixels in a 5.6 terabyte image: 8,439 individual images, taken with a 100 megapixel Hasselblad H6D 400 MS camera." This single image is over four meters in length and three meters in height, reports Digital Photography Review: The museum also points out that the distance between 2 pixels on the image is 5 micrometers (0.0005 centimeters). This means that 1 pixel on the image is smaller than a human red blood cell. According to representatives from the museum, each photo has a depth of field of 125 micrometers (0.0125 centimeters). To ensure each image was properly in focus, the surface of the painting was scanned with lasers. Then the camera's settings were adjusted for optimal image quality. After each image was captured, a neural network scanned it for color accuracy and sharpness. The level of detail captured, coupled with the size of the file, makes it the largest image of a work of art ever captured. It's 4 times larger than the original digitized version of "The Night Watch" that was published on the museum's website in May 2020, and that file was already 44.8 gigapixels... It can be viewed on the Rijksmuseum museum's website. "There were many people who thought it was impossible, and who thought the Operation Night Watch team were crazy to even attempt it," said Robert Erdmann, senior scientist at the Rijksmuseum. "We have surpassed ourselves in what can justifiably be described as a world-class achievement..."

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