Case in point: thanks to a team of technologists working with Microsoft and others, a new painting has emerged that eerily resembles the masterful work of the late painter Rembrandt van Rijn. And the artist? Believe it or not, this new painting was designed by a computer. Thus was given birth ‘The Next Rembrandt‘.
“It’s been almost four centuries since the world lost the talent of one its most influential classical painters, Rembrandt van Rijn. To bring him back, we distilled the artistic DNA from his work and used it to create The Next Rembrandt.”
Photo Credit: The Next Rembrandt
Once cataloged, machine-learning took over and began designing a 2D image which resembled that of Rembrandt’s actual works based on geometric patterns, painting materials, and composition. From there a height map was created to mimic the brush strokes. In doing so, as the 3D printer output multiple layers of paint-based UV ink, the new Rembrandt-esque painting had emerged.
There are many who might look at this and immediately think that this will be the future of art forgeries. And while this might be a possibility, I find this particular point-of-view as being equivalent to not seeing the forest through the trees. Rather than seeing a new tool for future criminals, I see a stepping stone towards a future made up of intelligent machines which are not only capable of mimicking the greatest works of art designed by us humans, but are subsequently capable of creating new works of art beyond fathomable comprehension. Not only that, these machines will help aid us in acquiring a whole new outlook on life, whereby our works of art will deeply resonate with and convey as a result.
“Data is used by many people today to help them be more efficient and knowledgeable about their daily work, and about the decisions they need to make. But in this project it’s also used to make life itself more beautiful. It really touches the human soul.”
– Ron Augustus, Microsoft