The Next Rembrandt
Can technology and data bring back to life one of the greatest painters of all time?

The Next Rembrandt was created to bring ING’s innovative spirit to their sponsorship of Dutch arts and culture, and to spark a global conversation on where data and technology can take us.

Blurring the boundaries between art and technology, The Next Rembrandt is a 3D printed painting made solely from data of Rembrandt’s body of work, and was created using deep learning algorithms and facial recognition techniques. 


1. Gathering the data
To distill the artistic DNA of Rembrandt, an extensive database of his paintings was built, so it could be analyzed, pixel by pixel.

1. Gathering the data
To distill the artistic DNA of Rembrandt, an extensive database of his paintings was built, so it could be analyzed, pixel by pixel.


2. Determining the subject
Data from Rembrandt’s body of work showed the way to the subject of the new painting.


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3. Generating the features
A software system was designed to understand Rembrandt’s style and generate new features.

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4. Bringing it to life
Once the 2D image was complete, a height map was created to mimic the brushstrokes used by Rembrandt.

Agency: J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam
Creative Director: Bas Korsten

Concept: Bas Korsten, Robert Nelk, Mark Peeters
Creative Art: Guney Soykan
Creative Copy: Bas Korsten, Kasia Haupt Canning
Tech Lead: Emmanuel Flores
Design: Vinesh Gayadin
Digital Director: Jesse Houweling
Strategy: Agustin Soriano
Developers: Morris Franken, Ben Haanstra 

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