Creating A New Rembrandt

Can technology be used to create a new Old Master? Not re-create an old work, but create a new work from scratch, including the surface feel?

A group of Dutch technologists have certainly made an attempt. And a credible one, if one assumes that such a project is not beyond the pale from the very beginning.

Jonathan Jones, art critic, just hates the whole idea:

“What a horrible, tasteless, insensitive and soulless travesty of all that is creative in human nature. What a vile product of our strange time when the best brains dedicate themselves to the stupidest “challenges”, when technology is used for things it should never be used for and everybody feels obliged to applaud the heartless results because we so revere everything digital … What these silly people have done is to invent a new way to mock art.”

I agree with Jones that “a fake is a dead, dull thing with none of the life of the original”, but I find myself unable to match his disgust. It is a mighty clever thing they have done and should be appreciated at that level at least.


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