Cultural assets as materials that provide information on the experiences of societies and contribute to shaping the future are regarded as values that must be protected with care. The scope of these cultural assets that cause creating a bond between past and future is addressed in the framework of the laws or legal regulations determined by countries. Nevertheless, it must also be noted that while countries made certain definitions based on their own positions, there are legal regulations on defining these assets in the international arena, and countries become a part of these universal approaches apart from their own legislation and conform to the rules. In all these definitions made by international organizations at a universal level, artefacts that belong to plastic arts, and especially oil canvas paintings, are defined as cultural assets. The problems experienced by the oil canvas “Night Watch” of the Dutch Baroque Artist Rembrandt, with the status of a movable cultural asset, from past to present as a cultural asset and misfortunes it has overcome in relation to protection up to present have been addressed in this study conducted.
Cultural Asset, Netherland Painting, Baroque Art, Rembrandt, Night Watch