Will Digital Art Supplant the Classics Art?

“Living prints by William Blake, NFT installations on the walls of the Palazzo Strozzi – digital art is becoming more and more popular. DALL-E 2 users even have the opportunity to draw world masterpieces: the Mona Lisa has got legs and the Girl with the Pearl Earring has got a table. What does it mean that artists will swap their canvas for a tablet or not be needed at all? – Art Plays deconstructs.

Is it art?

Digital art is defined as art created with the help of computer technology. There are about a dozen directions. Also used are augmented and virtual reality, the development of three-dimensional objects, the animation of images, and the creation of new ones. For example, the “Mona Lisa” with legs, which became a sensation.

Wouldn’t the picture become digital art if it was digitized and posted on the Internet?

Digital art vs. natural canvas

This trend is supposed to bring painters only one benefit: they don’t need to spend money on brushes, paints, and brushes. Any mistake is easily removed in a second. But fans of classical painting are in no hurry to buy tablets and do not feel the competition.

There are limitations in digital. We believe that to obtain the effects of paintings by old masters – Titian and Rembrandt – is impossible due to the difference in material.
But ‘real’ canvases are three-dimensional, grainy. Oil painting is capable of shimmering, like a mosaic of colored stones – how can you do that in “digital”? And digital painting is a completely different process, a different atmosphere and a different perception. In my opinion, it looks cheap.

And here is the last argument of the opponents of the classics – digital painting is tedious and harmful to the author. Volgograd artist stated about the degradation of artists’ color perception if they do not alternate between modern and traditional technologies.

Who is the author?

Today, users of neural networks and applications cannot always predict what kind of result the artificial intelligence will give them. If an algorithm does all the work, then who is the creator?

Also, the artist has emotions from which creativity is born.
Scientists are working to bring the rationality of robots closer to that of humans. But art is not a field where the work is created at the expense of the rational in us. No artificial intelligence has yet been invented that could replace the human artist with the ability for original artistic expression.

Is painting over?

This is another novelty – online galleries and virtual tours. During the pandemic quarantine, you could travel through the halls and view the exhibits from the comfort of your own home. But in reality, museums didn’t, and they won’t go away.


And don’t worry, there’s enough room in art for everyone. Artists will stay in museums too. In fact, man is a social creature. The pandemic showed how important online communities with live people are to us. Compared to the real world, digital technologies have the advantage of speed, accessibility from anywhere, and reach.


Cult paintings and books should have been covered in dust long ago after the advent of the photo and electronic version, but that never happened. However, interest in film photography is still not waning, although the digital form of photography is evolving more and more. But in these cases, the new did not destroy the old, but complemented it. In all likelihood, digital art and painting will develop in the same direction.