Tech imitates art in a 3D printed fake Rembrandt based on the elderly master’s fashion

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:05 AM

But is it art? (Yes. It’s definitely art.) The Following Rembrandt is the title of the project, which was sponsored by ING and Microsoft and supported by the Delft Univ of Technology and several museums.

Tech imitates art in a 3D printed fake Rembrandt based on the elderly master’s fashion

To attempt to create a program that successfully imitates the fashion of one of the greatest painters of all time is hubristic and doomed to fail, but those characteristics are just love catnip to the men and women at the bleeding edge of tech — and the result of their labors is remarkable and compelling. But is it art? (Yes. It’s definitely art.)

The Following Rembrandt is the title of the project, which was sponsored by ING and Microsoft and supported by the Delft Univ of Technology and several museums.

If you can tease the legend out of the over-elaborate site on which it resides, you’ll discover a very chilly multi-disciplinary effort that could as tiny do without its art historians as its image analysts.

Rembrandt van Rijn’s all body of work was analyzed for useful data on color, dress, topic, demographics, composition and all the rest. The researchers found the most data for white men with the standard 17th-century loadout of black suit, white collar and whiskers. More data frequently makes for better outputs, and in this case it'd be a familiar subject, simple to compare with similar portraits.

Following came the near analysis of individual features of his figures and paintings — what facial geometry did he prefer? At what angle from the viewer? How were individual strokes executed and groups of strokes organized?

With all this information in hand, the system produced new features, then organized them into a face and figure that'd perceive at residence with its centuries-old colleagues — unfortunately, small was revealed about the technical aspects here. We were curious sufficient to ask for more, but while we wait, you can hear from some of the developers in this video:

The painting was then summoned to the physical plane using a special 3D printer that reproduced something of the texture and craquelure one would expect of a painting from that era.

Number word on what the map is for this fascinating application of technology to art, but we’ll let you know if we hear it’s on tour.

Could a trained art historian tell the disagreement between this wholesale fabrication and a genuine Rembrandt? Nearly certainly, but that’s not really the point. Data so frequently thought of in subjective terms (the quality of light or nuance of expression isn't easily quantified) was organized into a system and produced a synthetic painting of considerable merit, and probably, presently that it's done it once, could do so a dozen more times with relative ease.

Chances are, of course, this specific system would choke on a multi-figure painting, a landscape, or pretty much anything by an impressionist, post-Raphaelite or Cubist — we’ll leave Dada and Yellowism out of this discussion for now. (That said, the hallucinatory deep dreams of convolutional neural networks propose computers have their own impressions to impress on the world.)

Whatever the case, this project acts as powerful foundational work in the creation of what could in a few years be a successful generalized art-imitation machine. Obtain prepared for some tough questions on aesthetics then.

Isn’t it all just fascinating (and a small bit sublime)? Honor to all involved in the 18-month process; here’s hoping the work has advanced the tech of capturing and preserving the original, “real” works, as well.

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