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31. December 2019

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  |  28. December 2016


Art from the 3D printer

A middle-aged man, perfectly set in the center via skillful lightning and bright shades, sits in front a brown background. He wears a black hat, a beard, dark clothes and a white ruff – a typical portrait of a man from the 17th century that reminds the viewer of an early Rembrandt painting. But the artist never participated in the painting. In fact, it does not even come from human hands, but from a 3D printer and is computer generated.

The project “The Next Rembrandt” has brought another painting of the Dutch painter to canvas with the help of algorithm created for that and an elaborate 3D printing process. One and a half years, a team of art historians, computer scientists and engineers worked for the finished product. Digital analyses, 3D scans and a detection software that tested about 350 original Rembrandt paintings for style, way of composition and technique of color application gave the data basis for the typical Rembrandt painting.

The result from the 3D printer looks deceptively realistic. Not only the motif – a portrait of a man with beard, dark clothes and a hat – is equal to the typical Rembrandt painting, but the work style of the old master is copied perfectly. But the computer collage, put together from a gigantic data mass, is still only a simulation which misses the charm of a work painted by hand and does not tell anything about the character of the artist that died centuries ago.

The question if the great master of the Golden Age can be brought back like this to create another work can be answered with a no. But the scientists from Delft and Amsterdam working on the project do not claim that Rembrandt’s talent could be reduced to an algorithm. Rather – says the British art historian Robert Hughes – the newly developed technology is supposed to start a debate about art and technology and offer artists a chance to test their own painting ideas in a concrete and visual way.

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