HOW DOES A COMPUTER BECOME REMBRANDT?
A computer spent one and a half years studying Rembrandt’s technique. The result? A brand new image that looks like an old master. The five steps to a generated masterpiece are: DATA SCAN Every Rembrandt artwork is scanned in 3D, producing 160 gigabytes of data in total. DETAILS The software analyses the images in more than 60 different areas like the ears and eyes.
ANALYSIS By comparing data and creating algorithms the computer learns how Rembrandt painted the nose. CREATION Mouth, forehead, clothing – every individual characteristic is ‘rendered’ by the computer. This process alone took 500 hours.
PRINT A 3D printer lays down 13 layers of ink to create texture (top right). This makes the image look like oil painted on canvas.