Science has advanced so much that it can fill pieces in history that were left unidentified earlier. This time, science has come to aid us in understanding the painting of Picasso that was not entirely known to us. Scientists have found out a seemingly new painting beneath the surface of his painting using AI.
Oxia Palus is a company that works to find lost art and recently, it revealed the piece titled “The Lonesome Crouching Nude,” according to a statement obtained by CNN. The portrait was painted over by Picasso when he created “The Blind Man’s Meal” in 1903. This was a common practice at that time to save money on canvases.
In order to reveal the painting, firstly, x-ray imaging was utilized in order to identify the portrait’s outline. Afterward, they used trained AI to add Picasso-style brushstrokes to complete the image.
In the end, the texture was added to the painting by using a generated heightmap before 3D printing it onto a canvas. The process led to the uncovering of a nude portrait from Picasso’s famed “Blue Period.”
It is fascinating to see how scientists have managed to uncover this. However, there is an ethical dilemma here. Although the science is very accurate in these matters. Still, the result will not be a hundred percent accurate and still will be attributed to Picasso.
“History has shown us that people will always emulate the work of other artists,” Murphy said to CNN. “It’s an exploration of Picasso’s mind.”