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AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data

By Popular Science

January 19, 2022

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The Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands has posted an ultra-high-resolution image of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch," constructed from 8,439 photos taken with a 100-megapixel HD camera that were digitized, color-corrected, and stitched together by algorithms.

The Rijksmuseum said it is the largest digital image of an art piece ever created, at 717 billion pixels and 5.6 terabytes of data.

Visitors to the museum's Website can zoom into every 0.0005-millimeter square at fine resolution.

The digital version of "The Night Watch" was created following a two-year restoration process in which artificial intelligence was used to restore missing elements from the original painting.

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