Today, the Rembrandt Heritage Foundation launches the sale of more than 8,000 pieces of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch on NFT. The project will notably contribute 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 HODL Finance (specialized in blockchain) are selling 8,000 digital fragments of The night watchman (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 25cm2 of the canvas, as well as a certificate of ownership of this unique version of the work reconstructed by art historian Ernst van de Wetering. The digital details are on sale on the website 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 the NFTs will be largely invested in the creation of the 2.0 place.
Buy a detail of The night watchman in a single version
Prospective buyers will be surprised to find out their details night patrol in a remastered version by Ernst van de Wetering which presents the masterpiece as it must have looked before 1715, when it was torn apart on its way to the Amsterdam Town 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.
Between 2006 and 2021, the specialist was commissioned by the TCR holding 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 were 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 that have brought together all these enhanced reproductions to allow the public to contemplate all of the artist’s works in one place (which it would be impossible with the originals ).
Preserve and pass on the artist’s legacy
” Our goal is to ensure that Rembrandt’s works remain accessible to everyone throughout their lives. 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. So, 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 facility 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 enter the museum and admire the artist’s treasured masterpieces.
8,000 founders of the MetaRembrandt Museum
Subject to a multimillion-dollar event restoration titled “Operation Night Watch” launched more than three years ago, The night watchman 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 institution contacted by” Knowledge of the arts “. By purchasing a digital version of the night watchman, the holders of the 8,000 details then participate in the creation of the MetaRembrandt Museum and become 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.