By analyzing Rembrandt's oeuvre, machine learning has simulated a new work by the celebrated artist

Rembrandt, who died 347 years ago, has ‘created’ a new work all thanks to machine learning. By studying how the major Impressionist painter created his trademark spotlight effect in many of his portraits, the team at Microsoft were able to render a painting that Rembrandt, in flesh, could have painted himself.

The process began by building a 150 gigabyte-pile of data on Rembrandt’s ‘artistic DNA.’ Scans, including 2D and 3D, were upscaled with deep learning algorithms.

The ‘Next Rembrandt’ is a portrait of a man with white collar. After studying his portraits made between 1632 and 1642, the following attributes for the likely subject were discovered: Caucasian male with facial hair, in his thirties, with a white collar on black clothing, a hat and with the head tilted to the right.

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