3D-printed masterpiece? Computer mimics brushstrokes of Rembrandt

A computer-generated portrait using machine learning algorithms created by The Next Rembrandt project has been shown off by a team from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The computer analysed Dutch master Rembrandt’s work, thoroughly tagged by humans. “We examined the entire collection of Rembrandt’s work, studying the contents of his paintings pixel by pixel,” the project team explained. “To get this data, we analysed a broad range of materials like high resolution 3D scans and digital files, which were upscaled by deep learning algorithms to maximise resolution and quality.” Since much of Rembrandt’s work was portraiture, the team of researchers—supported by Microsoft, financial company ING, and Dutch museums Mauritshuis and Rembrandthuis—decided to focus on the great man’s portraits for analysis and recreation. Further Reading How well can a computer judge…


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