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A daunting task.
Enlarging the nightwatch.
Today we have a damaged canvas reduced in size, incomplete and unsatisfying for the keen eye of the connoisseur.
The extension of the nightwatch from the incorrect measurements of today to its original size as it was in 1642, will be a daunting task.
The relationship of the canvas and the frame must be thoroughly analyzed before the process of relinement can be realized.
Must the original canvas remain posted on the supporting canvas [ today's situation ] or is it necessary to remove the original canvas from its supporting canvas?
Where do we find the expertise required for a definitive reconstruction of the nightwatch?
How can we organize, combine and coordinate, the science, the craftsmanship and the technology to achieve the goal, upgrading the nightwatch to its original full baroque splendor?
Which universities, which laboratories may be approached or invited to participate in the project? C E R N ? NASA ?
The preparatory research should not be only focused on the object as it is, analytically, but must be emphatically explorative in its intention.
The goal, [reconstructing the complete, original nightwatch] cannot be achieved solely by means of infra red technology, or tiny brushes, or cotton pads.
A method should be invented to transfer the original canvas to a new frame, [unharmed] [!] Then the relining. Then the paintwork and subsequently the finishing touches.
Maybe new tools will have to be invented.
Maybe new materials should be applied.
The preparative research preceding the actual reconstructing will be a daunting task.
The relining and the enlarging process will also be a daunting task. The paintwork in the conclusive stage, in the hands of well trained expert artisan, is going to be a rewarding challenging and fascinating assignment for a contemporary artist, specialized and trained in the traditional way of realistic painting.
Yet, the most complicated, the most difficult and time consuming work will be the preparative procedures and the construction, not the paintwork.