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This Man Recreated Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” Using LEGO Bricks

The Starry Night is a painting created by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh back in 1889. It is considered to be one of the most widely recognized pieces of Western art, and has inspired many artists throughout history – and I don’t just mean painters.

Just a little while ago, Truman Cheng, aka legotruman, a LEGO fan from Hong Kong, entered LEGO Ideas competition with his recreation of The Starry Night, and his work ended up being selected to be turned into a set!

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LEGO fan Truman Cheng recreated Van Gogh’s The Starry Night using LEGO bricks

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Here’s how the original 1889 painting looks like

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“The set re-imagines the original painting in a 3D scene, with strong emphasis on the artist’s iconic brush strokes and color choice,” says Truman.

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Truman’s set comes with a brush, easel, painting palette, and a miniature printed version of The Starry Night.

The set even comes with a miniature version of Van Gogh himself

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In an earlier interview with LEGO, Truman said he became interested in LEGO when he was just around 5 or 6 years old. He says that for him, it’s more than just toys, and reminds him of painting. ” I can express myself, create characters and sculptures from my imagination. It’s a very relaxing experience where I can forget about the petty troubles in daily lives, and get lost in my own imagination,” says the man.

The set consists of 1552 parts

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When asked why he chose to recreate The Starry Night, Truman said that the artist’s work has always fascinated him. “The unique colours and brushwork just capture one’s imagination,” says the man. “His life story and complete dedication to his art are inspiring to many young artists.”

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One day Truman was playing with LEGO parts and realized that stacking bricks in random intervals kind of looks like Van Gogh’s iconic brush strokes. “I couldn’t help but wonder what the full painting would look like with this build style,” explained the man. “I keep building and modifying, and eventually created the model you see in the project.”

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You can check out more of Truman’s works on his Instagram page.477 shares

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10-Billion-Pixel Panorama Reveals The Extremely Up-Close Details Of Vermeer’s ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’

“Girl with a Pearl Earring” is an iconic 1665 oil painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer. Throughout the years, the painting has been called many different names before landing on its present title, pointing out the large pearl earring worn by the woman, some time in the 20th century.

In 2018, Emilien Leonhardt and Vincent Sabatier from Hirox Europe, with the support of Abbie Vandivere, carried out a close-up examination of the painting in which they used a 3D microscope to create an incredible 10-billion-pixel panorama of it.

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“Girl with a Pearl Earring” is a 1665 oil painting by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer

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The creation of this fascinating panorama was a part of an in-depth examination of the painting called “Girl in the Spotlight” that took place at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, Netherlands, back in May 2018. The goal of this part of the project was “to learn more about Vermeer’s painting technique, to evaluate surface condition, measure cracks and topography of various key areas.” The whole process was documented and then uploaded to YouTube by Hirox 3D Digital Microscopy.

In May 2018, an in-depth examination of the painting was carried out at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, Netherlands

Image credits: Hirox 3D Digital Microscopy

To learn more about Vermeer’s painting technique, the researches used a 3D microscope to create an incredible 10-billion-pixel panorama of the painting

Image credits: Hirox 3D Digital Microscopy

“The images were captured using the Hirox 3D digital microscope. First, Emilien Leonhardt and Vincent Sabatier set up the microscope in front of the painting to photograph and examine interesting details: her eyes, lips, pearl, and dots in her costume,” the painting conservator Abbie Vandivere explains in her blog post.

This resolution allowed them to see the painting down to the level of 4.4 microns per pixel

Image credits: Hirox 3D Digital Microscopy

“Then, for a couple of days, the Girl got to relax and lie flat on her back. Overnight, the painting was placed horizontally on a table while the microscope scanned the whole surface from a motorized stand above her,” Vandivere explains. “This created a 10-billion-pixel panorama image at 35x magnification. Then they took some close-ups at 140x, giving us amazing scans of these details in 3D.”

Some bits and bobs from the process were documented and uploaded to YouTube


Image credits: Hirox 3D Digital Microscopy

Here you can see a close-up of the pearl

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One of the details that were examined was, of course, the famous pearl. “At high magnification, you can see that Vermeer painted the pearl with only a few brushstrokes of lead white. On top of the shadow of the Girl’s neck, he applied a thin grey scumble to lay in the shape of the pearl. He applied lead white more thickly to make the crisp droplet-shaped highlight towards the top,” Abbie Vandivere writes in her blog post.

And here are the details of the girl’s eye

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The girl’s eyes were thoroughly examined as well. “A translucent red layer peeks out from underneath the pink paint at the left corner of her eyelid. Under the grey-blue colour of iris sits a black circle. Vermeer applied small touches of paint at a final stage: a pink blob at the corner of her eye, and a thick white highlight next to her pupil,” Vandivere writes.

The team has also created a website that allows anyone to check out the close-up of the painting as well as its 3D view

Image credits: Hirox 3D Digital Microscopy

The team that carried out the examination has launched a website that allows anyone to view the whole panorama, revealing individual brushstrokes and pigment particles of the painting in full-screen. In addition, the 3D map of the painting is also available on the website.

Image credits: Hirox 3D Digital Microscopy

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Here Are Kirk Douglas’ Impressive Publicity Shots As Vincent van Gogh in “Lust For Life” (1956)

While everybody has their favorites when it comes to actors—whether it is for their looks, personality, or their talent and legacy—nobody dares to forget about the classics, the ones who started it all.

The world recently said good-bye to one such personality who had been in the film industry as an actor, producer, and director for 67 years. Kirk Douglas passed away earlier this month, going down in history as one of the greatest actors of all time.

However, while Kirk Douglas starred in a number of films, including Ace in the Hole (1951) and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), many of his roles were in historical films, making him the face of history in more ways than one.

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