The Next Rembrandt ING

Overview

The Next Rembrandt: ING, a Dutch multinational banking group, was looking for a way to innovate and stand out amongst its competitors. Because ING is a longtime supporter of Dutch arts and culture — a world that’s steeped in tradition — “art” became the natural playground for the brand’s venture into innovation.
  
“The Next Rembrandt,” is a 3D-printed painting born through our collaboration with ING, Microsoft, advisors from TU Delft, The Mauritshuis and the Rembrandt House Museum. 
 
Made solely from data derived from 346 known paintings by Rembrandt, a 17th century Dutch artist known as one of the greatest painters in European art, “The Next Rembrandt” was created from a deep, 18-month analysis of his work.
 
A facial-recognition algorithm learned Rembrandt’s techniques; pixel data helped the computer mimic brushstrokes; and an advanced 3D printer brought the painting to life using 13 layers of ink. The portrait consists of 148 million pixels and is based on 168,263 fragments from Rembrandt’s portfolio.
 
The painting was unveiled and exhibited in Amsterdam. At nextrembrandt.com, an online launch film invited viewers to dive deeper into the creation process. A short documentary invited others to join the conversation about the fading boundaries between technology and humanity.
 
The painting will be exhibited next to real Rembrandts at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris, and featured in the upcoming Netflix series, “Bill Nye Saves the World.”
 
It garnered 10 million Twitter impressions on launch day and has been featured in 1,400+ articles. On launch day, ING and partner Microsoft stock values increased (ING ^1.22%, MSFT ^0.49%). Post-launch, Google search interest for ING increased 61.29%, and 20% for Microsoft.
 
The technology developed is now used for restoration of damaged and partially lost masterpieces.

HOW WE DID IT

346 Paintings were studied using a facial recognition software

148m Pixels in the final 3D print

500+ Hours of rendering

We worked with Microsoft, Delft University of Technology, the Mauritshuis and Museum Het Rembrandthuis on the project.

Read more at NextRembrandt.com

Awards

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2016 Cannes Lions

Cyber / Grand Prix

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2016 Cannes Lions

Creative Data / Grand Prix

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2016 Cannes Lions

Innovation / Innovation Lion

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2016 Cannes Lions

Outdoor / Gold

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2016 Cannes Lions

Digital Craft / Gold

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2016 Cannes Lions

Direct / Silver

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2016 Cannes Lions

Promo & Activation / Silver

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2016 Cannes Lions

Design / Silver

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2016 Cannes Lions

Entertainment / Bronze

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2016 LIA

Digital / Grand LIA

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2016 LIA

Design / Gold

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2016 LIA

The New / Gold

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2016 LIA

Non-Traditional / Bronze

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2016 Clio

Event/Experiential / Gold

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2016 Clio

Out of Home / Bronze

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2016 Clio

Events / Bronze

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