Art Exhibition Puts A High-Tech Spin On Dutch Masterpieces [Pics]

Art Exhibition Puts A High-Tech Spin On Dutch Masterpieces [Pics]

Artists Rob and Nick Carter collaborate with MPC to recreate art pieces as digital paintings and 3D sculptures.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 1 october 2013

Creative VFX studio MPC and British artists Rob and Nick Carter collaborated on the exhibition, Rob and Nick Carter: Transforming, a collection of digital paintings and 3D sculptures that are actually reinventions of Dutch masterpieces.

The exhibition consists of four digital paintings that come to life in front of the viewers’ eyes and two bronze sculptures that were created via 3D modeling and printing. The exhibit also includes an interactive installation that takes visitors behind the scenes of how the art works were created.

The focus of the exhibition is the art piece Transforming Still Life Painting (2012), a digital painting that brings to life Vase With Flowers, a 1618 oil painting by Dutch Golden Age master Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder. The piece is a three-hour animated time-lapse sequence that depicts the painted scene from early morning to night. The piece has been accepted into the Mauritshuis collection and is on permanent display at the Manchester Museum of Art.


The artists and the studio created three more digital paintings based on famous masterpieces. Transforming Vanitas Painting (2012-2013) is a digital painting based on Bosschaert’s 1630 oil on copper Dead Frog with Flies. The piece shows the last few minutes of the frog’s life and its decomposition. Transforming Nude Painting (2013) is a digital painting based on Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus. The piece takes viewers through the scene where Venus sleeps from the day through the night. Transforming Diptych (2013) is based on the work by Justus Juncker (1765) and depicts two separate paintings with interconnected backgrounds.

Joining the digital paintings are the bronze sculptures Sunflowers (2013), which is based on Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece, and Black Tulip (2013), a piece based on a 1643 watercolor painting of a red tulip by Judith Leyster.


The art exhibition is another great way of showing how technology has the power to reinvent and recreate traditional art pieces into stunning modern artworks.

MPC // Rob and Nick Carter

Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Still Life (2012), After Ambrosius Bosschaert The Elder’s Vase with Flowers in a Window (1618), in collaboration with MPC. Framed and Apple iMac, Edition of 12 with 5 Artist Proofs
Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Vanitas Painting (2012-2013), After Ambrosius Bosschaert The Younger’sDead Frog with Flies (c.1630), in collaboration with MPC, 21.5 inch screen, Apple iMac, frame, Edition of 12 with 5 Artist Proofs
Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Diptych (2013), After Justus Juncker’s (1765), in collaboration with MPC, 2 works conjoined by random events, framed iPads, Edition of 12, 5 AP 
Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Nude Painting (2013), After Giorgone’s The Sleeping Venus (1510), in collaboration with MPC. 2.5 hour looped film, Apple iMac, Framed, Edition of 12, 5 AP
Rob and Nick Carter, Black Tulip (2013), After Judith Leyster (1643), in collaboration with MPC , Black-patinated bronze, Edition of 12, 5 AP
Rob and Nick Carter, Sunflowers (2013), After Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888), in collaboration with MPC, Patinated bronze, Edition of 12, 5 AP

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