347 years after his death, this painting was unveiled in Amsterdam just a week ago.
Titled ‘The Next Rembrandt’ it is not, as you may think, a long lost work by Rembrandt which has just been discovered. Instead, it is a computer generated painting based on an 18 month study of Rembrandt’s works.
In the words of Ron Augustus:
We’re using a lot of data to improve business life, but we haven’t been using data that much in a way that touches the human soul. You could say that we use technology and data like Rembrandt used his paints and his brushes to create something new.
The painstakingly process involved in studying Rembrandt’s technique is as fascinating as the process put in place to create the painting.
For art lovers the world over this is a fascinating development and offers a challenge to those of us working in schools to inspire and challenge students to explore the never ending ways in which technology can be used.