In the past and even recently, I authored a series of blog posts:
- Do you recognize these paintings?
- Can you help identify this painting?
- Request for Help Identifying a Painting
- Need Help Identifying A Painting? Revit3D.com to the rescue...
I get requests from It's Alive in the Lab readers when they need help identifying a painting. I rely on Google Image Search. The best chance for success exists when the supplied image is a straight-on shot that encompasses the entire painting without the frame. Sometimes Google returns a match, but many times it does not.
Last week, I got a request from a reader named Diane who found an old painting in her garage:
I rotated and cropped her image to remove most of the frame:
I then used Google Image Search, and indeed, there was a match.
Diane's painting appears to be a reproduction of The Bowden Children from 1803 by John Hoppner. The painting depicts John Wiliam Bowden, aged five, and his sister, Mary Anne Bowden, aged three, from Hoppner's study of children. "The contrast between the sturdy independence of the boy and the shyness of his little sister is very well observed and shows the freshness and spontaneity of Hoppner's portrayal of children." [jstor.org]
So what's this got to do with CAD? As artificial intelligence is applied to more and more topics, even aesthetic qualities for design, computers will become more and more valuable as partners in the imagine/design/make process that creates the world around us — everything from art to skyscrapers. Imagine generating the design of a building that meets functional requirements but also includes the same aesthetic elements as evoked by a painting. Buildings should evoke "a sturdy confidence," but on the other hand, "a shyness of a little sister," not so much. Our researchers are on the case.
Successful application of painting forensics is alive in the lab.