Tap on a painting below to remove Instagram’s Clarendon filter. Tap again to reapply.


No. 5, 1948, Jackson Pollack

Clarendon freshens up the sludge grays, renders the yellows more acid, the blacks purplier, the whole whorl more vibrantly distinct.


Nu Couché, 1918, Amedeo Modigliani

Here you can see how the Clarendon filter corrects for overly rosy skin tones.


Les Femmes d’Alger, 1955, Pablo Picasso

Clarendon = brighter whites and stripier stripes.


Portrait of Maerten Soolmans, 1634, Rembrandt van Rijn

Clarendon is modern. It’s LED not candle light.


No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red), 1951, Mark Rothko

With #nofilter the scumbled color fields lack punch on the screen.


Number 17A, 1948, Jackson Pollack

Clarendon improves the spaciousness of this work by increasing the contrast between the expressionist splatter and the painting’s ground.


Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), 1892, Paul Gauguin

Here the algorithm’s brightening impact works like a solvent, as though dissolving some drab topcoat of varnish.


The Card Players, 1893, Paul Cézanne

Unfiltered, nineteenth century smog and pipe smoke darken the scene.


Interchange, 1955, Willem de Kooning

Arguably the least succesful intervention, here the whitening filter overexposes the image and flattens the paint texture, concealing much of its masterfully gestural brush work.


Salvator Mundi, 1519, Leonardo da Vinci

Thousands of hours of conjectural retouching still left this contentiously attributed work in the shade. It takes an algorithm to bring the savior’s limpid light to the world.