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Microsoft helped ING 3D print an incredible ‘new Rembrandt’, but everyone hates it – Business Insider Australia

by • April 6, 2016 • No Comments

What may Rembrandt have idea? Picture: Getty Images
“Can the excellent master be brought back to life to turn it into a new painting?”
That’s the question asked by a team which has just announced a “new Rembrandt”.
It is not a portrait discovered in the dusty attic of a Dutch farmhouse. It is a real, new portrait, turn it intod with advancement and data.
Setting out to turn it into a thing new in the way “Rembrandt utilized his paints and his brushes”, the team gathered the data of extensive collections of the excellent master’s works.
From 346 paintings, they spent additional than 500 hours scanning 150GB of digitally rendered graphics.
They focutilized on portraits, and gathered data on those aspects many shared by Rembrandt’s portraits – gender, age, head way.
Cruncing the numbers, the team discovered the typical Rembrandt portrait subject may:Be CaucasianBe maleHave facial hairBe 30-40 years oldWear dark clothing, with a collar and a hat, andFace to the right The team and so went back to the collection and began analysing all the portraits which matched those characteristics “To extract the showcases which created Rembrandt, Rembrandt.”

Next, they discovered an average distance between facial showcases:
Image courtesy The Next Rembrandt/YouTube
And finally, maybe many importantly, they studied Rembrandt’s brush strokes, measuring the thickness of the paint he’d laid down:

And into the 3D printing device a few 148 million pixels of data went, where it was created into a modern masterpiece, if not of art, and so at very least of advancement:

347 years after Rembrandt’s death. Impressive.
But why do it?
ING, which sponsored the project, say it “believes in the power of advancement, what it can mean to people”.
“We want to bring this new spirit to our sponsorship of Dutch art and culture.”
And Microsoft, which led the advancement side of things, say it has been via data to improve business life, but “haven’t been via data which much in a way which touches the human soul”.
But so far, it looks like the just thing they touched was a nerve. Of the purists, who believe which Rembrandt may have been outraged by the plagiarism and mayn’t have chosena rich, middle-aged white guy as his subject.
And the technologists, who play the whole thing rad and claim anyone can scan and 3D a masterpiece.
Of course, they’re just the commentors. And here’s what Rembrandt idea of those (critic, left, with hare’s ears, artist bottom right):

Here’s the full video of the building of “The Next Rembrandt”:

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