University College London: X-rays, AI and 3D printing bring a lost Van Gogh artwork to life. “Using X-rays, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, two UCL researchers reproduced a ‘lost’ work of art by renowned Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, 135 years after he painted over it.”
Boing Boing: French artist collages war photos from Ukraine into classical paintings. “Fanny Lechevalier Lafon is a French artist trained in classical painting techniques at the School of Fine Arts, Rennes. She also does digital collage. Feeling like she wanted to do something in response to the horrors of the Russian invasion of Ukraine she saw daily on French media, she decided to do what she does best: make art.” The first image in the article made me go “meh” but the other ones were much more striking, especially the William Banks Fortescue combination.
BBC: Vincent Van Gogh: Hidden self-portrait discovered by X-ray. “A previously unknown self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered hidden on the back of another painting. Experts at the National Galleries of Scotland made the find when the canvas was X-rayed before an exhibition.”
Google Blog: Augmented reality brings fine art to life for International Museum Day. “Have you ever dreamt of having your portrait taken by a world-famous artist? Or wished a painting would come to life before your eyes? This International Museum Day, we’re unveiling three new Art Filter options via the Google Arts & Culture app so that you can immerse yourself in iconic paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Grant Wood, and Fernando Botero.”
The Art Newspaper: Want to look like Mona Lisa? A new website turns your selfies into Leonardo da Vinci-style portraits
The Art Newspaper: Want to look like Mona Lisa? A new website turns your selfies into Leonardo da Vinci-style portraits. “A new website using artificial intelligence (AI) technology and sophisticated algorithms enables users to turn their faces into images in the style of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings. The Da Vinci Face platform invites participants to send in self-portraits which are then transformed into ‘Leonardo-style’ images.” I tried it. You do need to provide an email address. I uploaded a photo but I haven’t gotten anything back yet.
My Modern Met: Explore Rembrandt’s Famous Painting “The Night Watch” in New 717-Gigapixel Photo. “Rembrandt van Rijn is perhaps the most well-known of the Dutch Masters. During the Golden Age of the Netherlands, his expressive brushwork conjured realistic scenes and expressive portraits. The Night Watch is chief among his masterpieces. The iconic painting is a 12-by-14-foot canvas illustrating 34 figures of an early modern militia. Now, this monumental work can be explored in microscopic detail through a 717-gigapixel photograph of the work.”
The Gazette: A Colorado ‘fusioneer’ invented a painting robot and an inspiring way of life. “Don’t bother trying to understand it all. Just take it in. The stacks of notebooks with pages of scribbles and detailed takeaways from years of art classes and museum visits. The piles of outlines that, to the untrained eye, look like complicated blueprints drawn by an architect. The many, many books, ranging from a Michelangelo biography to one titled ‘Self-Organization of Biological Systems.’ The flow charts on whiteboards. The endless lines of code on a computer. The machine shop in the back and the paintings neatly hanging on the wall. And the robot holding a paintbrush.”
Google Blog: How machine learning revived long lost masterpieces by Klimt. “Few artists enjoy such worldwide fame as Gustav Klimt. The new Google Arts & Culture online retrospective ‘Klimt vs. Klimt – The Man of Contradictions’ puts the spotlight on the artist’s eclectic work and life. A Machine Learning experiment recolored photographs of lost Klimt paintings, while a “Pocket Gallery” brings some of his most iconic works into your living room in augmented reality and 3D.”
Jackson Hole News & Guide: Western Visions art ready for online perusal. “The 2021 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival doesn’t start until Sept. 9, but the National Museum of Wildlife Art already has its 34th annual Western Visions Show and Sale hanging — at least virtually. All 140 or so paintings and sculptures for the museum’s signature FAF event, its biggest fundraiser of the year, can be viewed [online].”
The Next Web: This AI turns your photos into paintings while you watch. “I sometimes fantasize about hanging an enormous painted portrait of yours truly on my bedroom wall. Visitors would be forced to genuflect before the picture and leave a gift beneath it as a token of respect. Unfortunately, I have neither the money to buy artworks nor the skills to paint one myself. But those barriers will no longer stop me from fulfilling my dream. A team of researchers has developed a tool that will paint your portrait for you.” This is fun to play with, I had a hard time determining that my test picture uploaded properly and that Things Were Happening. Look for the “breathing” orange logo on the right side of the screen.
National Academy of Design: The National Academy Of Design Announces The Launch Of The Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné, Directed By Dr. Patricia Hills
National Academy of Design: The National Academy Of Design Announces The Launch Of The Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné, Directed By Dr. Patricia Hills. “The National Academy of Design is pleased to announce the launch of the virtual Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné on July 29, in recognition of the anniversary of the artist’s birthday. In this first phase, the catalogue raisonné is focused on American artist Eastman Johnson’s paintings. Subsequent phases will include the artist’s drawings and prints.”
The Guardian: Restoration work wipes smile off the face of Dutch vegetable seller. “At some point in the last 400 years a painting restorer probably decided the Dutch vegetable seller was far too glum and should be smiling. Now it has been put right and she is once again enigmatic. English Heritage revealed the results on Friday of a two-year conservation project to reveal the true glory of a mysterious, unsigned painting that has been in its stores for more than 60 years.”