Can technology and data bring back to life one of the greatest painters of all time?
The Next Rembrandt has been unveiled in Amsterdam: a 3D printed painting, made solely from data of Rembrandt’s body of work. Thus bringing the Master of Light and Shadow back to life to create one more painting. Only this time, data is the painter, and technology the brush.
At 10.00 CET on 5 April 2016, a portrait of a man in black 17th-century clothing with a white collar and a hat has been unveiled in front of a packed auditorium. The painting was created using data from Rembrandt’s total body of work using deep learning algorithms and facial recognition techniques. The portrait consists of over 148 million pixels, based on 168,263 painting fragments from Rembrandt’s oeuvre.
Blurring the boundaries between art and technology, this artwork is intended to fuel the conversation about the relationship between art and algorithms, between data and human design and between technology and emotion.
The story behind this unique painting is explained in full detail on http://www.nextrembrandt.com.
I made a lithophane of this art piece so people can also 3D print this at home. I added a version with a stand and one without, I recommend to print this upright for the best resolution.