Rembrandt – Painting from the Grave

22nd of April, 2017

We love technology – we are always trying to show our investors the positive productive impact that technology is having on society.

Technology is one of our Essential Drivers of “The Effortless Advantage”.

Often, we find that although people accept the impact that technology has today for some reason they struggle to accept the impact that technology has had in years gone by. Further and more bizarrely they seem to struggle with the concept that the future will be more impacted by technology than they can foresee.

One of my favourite historical examples of this is “wire”.

Its hard for many people today to accept just how much of in impact wire had on society and the productivity of humans. This is because the impact of the technology gain that wire had, has not only been absorbed into the economy but the technology has been surpassed to the point where we can no longer appreciate its impact as we continue to see history through our eyes of today.

Seeing history through our eyes of today is one of the cardinal mistakes investors typically make as it doesn’t allow them to appreciate the context and impact of historical events.

The initial impact of wire on such things as fencing and barb wire allowing farmers to contain animals in much larger pastoral areas than ever before, the ability to communicate and send messages instantly over long distances via Samuel Morse’s new telegraph system, and the increased distances that mining shafts could be dug due to the strength of wire compared to ropes cannot be underestimated. Using wire for Lift technology led to the tremendous growth in the height of buildings since the early 1900’s leading to the extensive capitalisation of the rent in todays skyscrapers.

Wire had a mammoth impact on society much like the smart phone today.

So, what if I could show you how technology enabled an artist who died some 347 years ago to paint one least painting??

And no this doesn’t involve Marty McFly, Doc Emmett Brown and a Flxu-Capacitor….

But rather one of the greatest visual artists – a prolific and versatile Dutch master.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, better known as just Rembrandt, died on 4 October 1669.

His final portrait has been created via a highly detailed and complex process taking over 18 months and using over 150 gigabytes of digitally rendered graphics.

It started with the digital and statistical dissection of all of Rembrandt’s 346 paintings. Data from high resolution 3D scans was analysed via learning algorithms and then a computer went to work, using data only, to paint like the master.

Not content to leave technology innovation there, the final work was printed with a 3D printer to replicate the texture and depth of paint on a canvas.

The result is the picture above – a work created by Rembrandt, with the assistance of technology, some 347 years after his death.

Technology is touching and influencing our lives in so many ways. Ways that we often don’t see or hear about. The innovation and advancement is truly amazing – all of which will eventually result in higher levels of productivity, then profitability which in turn will be taken by land and asset prices.

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If you want to capitalise on the investment opportunities that Rembrandt is helping to create, then talk to the Team at Calnan Flack.

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