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A Stochastic View of Varying Styles in Art Paintings

Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Resources Development, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Heroon Polytechneiou 9, 157 80 Zographou, Greece
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Academic Editor: Nicola Masini
Heritage 2021, 4(1), 333-348;
Received: 14 January 2021 / Revised: 4 February 2021 / Accepted: 8 February 2021 / Published: 11 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Feature Papers)
A physical process is characterized as complex when it is difficult to analyze and explain in a simple way, and even more difficult to predict. The complexity within an art painting is expected to be high, possibly comparable to that of nature. Herein, we apply a 2D stochastic methodology to images of both portrait photography and artistic portraits, the latter belonging to different genres of art, with the aim to better understand their variability in quantitative terms. To quantify the dependence structure and variability, we estimate the Hurst parameter, which is a common dependence metric for hydrometeorological processes. We also seek connections between the identified stochastic patterns and the desideratum that each art movement aimed to express. Results show remarkable stochastic similarities between portrait paintings, linked to philosophical, cultural and theological characteristics of each period. View Full-Text
Keywords: stochastic analysis; portrait; art painting; art theory stochastic analysis; portrait; art painting; art theory
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Sargentis, G.-F.; Dimitriadis, P.; Iliopoulou, T.; Koutsoyiannis, D. A Stochastic View of Varying Styles in Art Paintings. Heritage 2021, 4, 333-348.

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Sargentis G-F, Dimitriadis P, Iliopoulou T, Koutsoyiannis D. A Stochastic View of Varying Styles in Art Paintings. Heritage. 2021; 4(1):333-348.

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Sargentis, G.-Fivos, Panayiotis Dimitriadis, Theano Iliopoulou, and Demetris Koutsoyiannis. 2021. "A Stochastic View of Varying Styles in Art Paintings" Heritage 4, no. 1: 333-348.

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