Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY


Generating images in the style of Romanticism.

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Romanticism in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4): Romanticism in art is characterized by an emphasis on emotion, individualism, and nature, often featuring dramatic landscapes or historical scenes filled with emotion. The style showcases intense colors and contrasts. To capture the Romantic style, create imageries that evoke intense emotions such as awe, sympathy, or terror. Depict the sublime beauty of nature, make bold use of color and lighting to create dramatic contrasts, and express a keen sense of individualism or a glorified past.

he table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

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These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.