ARTIFICIAL intelligence has brought to life a hidden painting beneath a Picasso masterpiece.
Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Crouching Beggar’ was created in 1902 and it seems the Spanish artist painted it on top of one of his friend’s creations.
This is the original Picasso painting called The Crouching Beggar[/caption]
X-ray imaging of The Crouching Beggar revealed a faint outline of the painting beneath back in 2018.
Experts have now used AI to recreate what the original painting looked like.
They think it’s a painting of a park near Barcelona by an artist called Santiago Rusiñol.
Rusiñol was a friend of Picasso and may have given him the canvas.
This is a coloured reconstruction of the painting that Picasso painted on top of[/caption]
It’s thought Picasso used the hills in the drawing to create the shape of the crouching woman’s back in his own painting.
Researchers at Oxia Palus, a company that aims to reconstruct the world’s lost art, used AI to create a coloured version of the faint outline that was discovered.
They also used a technique called spectroscopic imaging and 3D printing to recreate the landscape.
The finished result is a serene and rather green scene.
We don’t know for sure how close it is to the original but efforts were made to make it as Rusiñol-like as possible.
The reconstructed painting was created in the style of Rusiñol and AI helped to recreate his brush strokes.
Oxia Palus’ co-founder, George Cann, said: “As we use more AI to accelerate the identification and reconstruction of critically important lost art, we will have a highly significant impact on enabling a better understanding of the interwoven history of art and society.”
Oxia Palus is now selling 100 versions of the recreated painting.
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