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    A combination of algorithms implemented in Houdini to subdivide one of my favourite portrait paintings.


I have always been inspired by both the arts and technology, so I wanted to experiment with a contemporary view of old masters’ paintings. Inspired by information visualisation methods called ‘Treemapping’, I created an algorithm that takes a painting and subdivides it based on the density of information of the original painting. The more information there is the on the original, the more it is subdivided and thus the smaller the rectangle elements. The less information, the larger the rectangle area. You could say there is a similarity to the painters’ approach of using broader and finer strokes. The result is a mosaic of rectangles that highlight the subtle changes in the colour palette of the original.

Portrait of Rosalba Peale by Rembrandt Peale
ca 1820, oil on canvas, 50.8 x 37.0 cm, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Rembrandt tutored his daughter Rosalba (1799-1874) in art and raised her as an independent and strong-minded woman. Author and critic John Neal wrote that "Her mind is excellent. Her father has always taught her to think for herself, to reason, and to be firm, without wrangling or argument, in the expression of her opinions." (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum)

The process​​​​​​​


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