...well, not exactly. However, a completely original portrait was created in the exact style of Rembrandt by computer data and algorithms designed based on the intensive analysis of every single known work by Rembrandt. This project, called The Next Rembrandt, took roughly 18 months to complete, involving a group of dedicated art historians, software developers, scientists, engineers and data analysts. They even had it 3D printed to mimic the brushstrokes, using 13 layers of paint-based UV ink! Watch below or visit the link above to find out more!
From TIME: "Art history and mathematics may seem an unlikely combination, but math techniques in image analysis is transforming the way art historians and conservationists do their work. Algorithms can be used to distinguish copies from originals, characterize and quantify the style of one artist in comparison to another, and restore cracks and fading..."
(continue reading Becca Stanek's article, "Van Gogh and the Algorithm: How Math Can Save Art," on TIME.com)
You read that right - some friends of ours at the Visual Resources Association shared this link with us, revealing that Google has managed to create a machine-learning system that can automatically produce descriptive captions upon seeing an image for the first time. While this may not seem that surprising given all of the technological advancements we seemingly experience every week, this is a major feat on multiple levels...
...but I'll stop here and let you read what the pros at Google have to say about it, since they know better than anyone else (obviously)! READ THE GOOGLE RESEARCH BLOG HERE