PHOG-Derived Aesthetic Measures Applied to Color Photographs of Artworks, Natural Scenes and Objects

  • Christoph Redies
  • Seyed Ali Amirshahi
  • Michael Koch
  • Joachim Denzler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7583)


Previous research in computational aesthetics has led to the identification of multiple image features that, in combination, can be related to the aesthetic quality of images, such as photographs. Moreover, it has been shown that aesthetic artworks possess specific higher-order statistical properties, such as a scale-invariant Fourier spectrum, that can be linked to coding mechanisms in the human visual system. In the present work, we derive novel measures based on a PHOG representation of images for image properties that have been studied in the context of the aesthetic assessment of images previously. We demonstrate that a large dataset of colored aesthetic paintings of Western provenance is characterized by a specific combination of the PHOG-derived aesthetic measures (high self-similarity, moderate complexity and low anisotropy). In this combination, the artworks differ significantly from seven other datasets of photographs that depict various types of natural and man-made scenes, patterns and objects. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that these features have been derived and evaluated on a large dataset of different image categories.


Aesthetic art self-similarity complexity anisotropy Birkhoff-like measure Pyramid of Histograms of Orientation Gradients (PHOG) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph Redies
    • 2
  • Seyed Ali Amirshahi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Koch
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joachim Denzler
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Vision GroupFriedrich Schiller University JenaGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Anatomy IFriedrich Schiller University, Jena University HospitalGermany

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