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posted by martyb on Thursday January 20, @08:32PM   Printer-friendly
from the fine-art dept.

AI turned a Rembrandt masterpiece into 5.6 terabytes of data:

A high-resolution image of Rembrandt's Nightwatch is now online. 717 gigapixels (yes, giga) to a claimed resolution of .0005-millimeters.

Last week the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam posted an AI-constructed, ultra-high-res image of "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt. The original piece is nearly 15 feet long and more than 12 feet high and has been under intensive restoration since the early 1900s.

They've actually reconstructed some parts that had been destroyed over the ages, based on historical records.

Is a pixel size finer than the hairs on Rembrandt's brush enough detail for you?

(2020-05-23) Revelations About Rembrandt's Masterpiece Captured on Camera

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by bzipitidoo on Friday January 21, @02:00AM (4 children)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) on Friday January 21, @02:00AM (#1214425) Journal

    This is really great. Ought to digitize all such works of art, to guard against loss. And, the repairs that can be done to digitized versions-- lots more flexibility and power. For instance, digitally repair all the cracks in the paint, something impractical to do to the original. The reason for the extremely high resolution digitization is of course to give such efforts lots of detail and working room.

    There've been many incidents over the years in which some mentally ill person attacked and damaged a valuable painting. There's also art theft, including by nation states. Nazi Germany was notorious for stealing, and destroying art. No museum security can stop that one, only thing that can be done is move the art out of their reach. Accidents too, have happened.

    It will squash the whole idea of hoarding art. Sadly, even museums have treated their collections as cash cows, insisting that no visitors be allowed to photograph anything, out of fear that once good digitized versions are freely available, no one will ever visit, let alone buy officially sanctioned copies from the gift shop. I think though, they've realized they can't keep their art locked away forever. For instance, one of the museums in Oklahoma City is about the domestic terrorist attack. Outside, they have a menacing sign announcing that photography is not allowed and anyone who tries it will be in Trouble. But if you ask the personnel, they will tell you that the sign is outdated, and yes, you can take all the photos you like. Maybe they've taken that sign down by now? Was about 7 years ago when I visited.

    Still lots of bull around the idea of letting visitors take photos. Like, 5 years ago I went to a display of Van Gogh's paintings. Half the paintings were the museum's, and half were the property of some private collector. We were informed we could photograph the museum's paintings, but not those in the private collection. They are all out of copyright, yet somehow the private collector still has the power to impose such conditions. Totally ridiculous.

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday January 21, @03:44PM (3 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 21, @03:44PM (#1214511) Journal

    All people should able to enjoy art. So copies are good thing IMO.

    I understand that rich people have some fascination with having THE original.

    I would just like it if more people were able to enjoy that art even if it is a reproduction.

    I wonder what 3D printing could do for copying sculpture?

    What could food printing do for copying Big Macs?

    I had some thoughts about lasers, but they were incoherent.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @07:07PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @07:07PM (#1214572)

      What do "Big Macs" and "food" have in common?

      • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Saturday January 22, @03:05PM

        by maxwell demon (1608) on Saturday January 22, @03:05PM (#1214790) Journal

        There are people who eat it.

        The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @07:42PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @07:42PM (#1214582)

      >> All people should able to enjoy art. So copies are good thing IMO.

      One man's art is another's child porn, so be careful what you're copying.