Computer paints a “new Rembrandt” and prints it in 3D

The Next Rembrandt is an original portrait created with machine learning algorithms trained using the Dutch master’s works. The resulting image isn’t a plain old bitmap, either, but a fully three-dimensional artifact built with scans of real paintings’ brushstrokes and protrusions. “We really wanted to understand what makes a face look like a Rembrandt,” Emmanuel Flores, director of technology for the project, told the BBC. After they had been digitally tagged by humans, data on Rembrandt’s paintings was gathered by computers which discovered patterns in how the Dutch master would, for example, characteristically shape a subject’s eyes in his portraits. Then, machine-learning algorithms were developed which could output a new portrait mirroring Rembrandt’s style. To limit the many possible results to a specific type of individual, the computer was asked…


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