Algorithms brings Rembrandt to life one last time.
If you had enough data, is it possible to create an entirely new Mozart symphony, Shakespeare sonnet or Rembrandt painting? That’s what members of ING Bank, J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam, Microsoft, Delft University of Technology, The Mauritshuis and Museum Het Rembrandthuis set out to discover. Over 18 months, a team of data scientists, developers, engineers and experts poured over the works of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 - 1669), one of the greatest painters in European art history. After analyzing Rembrandt’s paintings using high-resolution 3D scans and deep learning algorithms, a software system used what was learned and generated a new painting based on Rembrandt’s style of art. The result is The Next Rembrandt, a portrait of a man in black 17thcentury clothing, based on 150GB of digitally rendered graphics, more than 148 million pixels, and 3D printed with 13 layers of UV-ink to recreate a painting. Now that it exists, the question comes: is this a copy, or is this art?