Algorithms and 3D Printers ‘Paint’ Convincing Rembrandt Simulation

A new Rembrandt painting has been unveiled, which is no mean feat given that he’s been dead since 1669. This painting, however, was not created by the old master himself. Rather, it is the result of a project called The Next Rembrandt, sponsored by ING ing and Microsoft msft . It was “painted” by a 3D printer and essentially designed by algorithms. Researchers from the Delft University of Technology, together with the curators of the Dutch museums Mauritshuis and Rembrandthuis, started by using 3D scanners and deep-learning algorithms to study Rembrandt van Rijn’s real paintings. This allowed them to compile a detailed database of his paintings’ typical features. Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter. They then chose to paint a typical Rembrandt subject: a 30- to 40-year-old Caucasian male with…

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