The Next Rembrandt Netexplo Award Winner 2017

Computer-generated classic art
What is it?

Art historians at Delft University and advertising creatives created
software that learns how to paint like Rembrandt using a 3D printer. To
make this brand new portrait, researchers analysed 300 of the painter’s
works. These analyses captured every detail of Rembrandt’s artistic
personality through more than 160,000 fragments. The program
reproduces the characteristic texture of the master’s work down to the
brushstrokes, layers of paint and brightness of the colours.

What difference does it make?

Artificial intelligence that can create an artwork, not just reproduce it,
expands its own scope and definition into art, a field that we used to
assume was exclusively human.
The score is 3

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