AI designs place spaceships in Bosch and Caravaggio paintings


Filippo Nassetti unveils a series of AI generated artworks integrating spaceships into paintings by some of the most distinguished artists in art history, including Hieronymus Bosch, Canaletto, and Caravaggio. The Italian architect and generative designer is experimenting with Midjourney, a recent form of artificial intelligence that requires instruction to produce original images and imaginations. Nassetti tests the extent of the new software’s skills, prompting him to create paintings in the style of famous figurative artists, including spaceships — objects the artists could never have seen or thought existed. Through training on a very large database of historical artwork and images, Midjourney learns the visual language of artists, such as various historical painters, and produces original content that mimics it.

Filippo Nassetti's AI designs place spaceships in the painted worlds of Bosch and Caravaggio
all images produced by Filippo Nassetti using Midjourney


The result of Nassetti’s experiments is a collection of almost sci-fi-like interpretations of the painted worlds of famous artists. Their different styles and techniques are successfully recreated by the AI ​​software, and the visual language and atmosphere of the original paintings are convincingly reproduced and conveyed to create the spaceships. The objects appear contextually completely alien to their scenarios and landscapes, but are stylistically harmonious

The shape and materiality of the spaceships differs per artist. †They are not simply painted in the style of these artists, but designed as such’, explains architect and generative designer† Among the collection of images is a Canaletto with highly detailed ships flying over a misty Venetian lagoon, a dark and dramatic Goya with people in a light plane, a deconstructed Futurist Boccioni, a Turner where the objects blur with the rich turbulent skies, and a Piranesi drawing with elevations and sections.

Filippo Nassetti's AI designs place spaceships in the painted worlds of Bosch and Caravaggio


“Besides this collection of images, I think this might be a very strong concept design tool,” reflects Nassetti. †It opens up whole new areas for exploring art and design, while challenging many existing ideas, such as our understanding of authority and copyright, the relationship between concept and development, and the role of technology. I decided to make these images to discuss the ongoing transformations and new horizons.’

Filippo Nassetti's AI designs place spaceships in the painted worlds of Bosch and Caravaggio

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