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Using A.I. to colorize a black and white photo of a destroyed Klimt painting

Using A.I. to colorize a black and white photo of a destroyed Klimt painting
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In 1945 the Nazis burned down a warehouse of paintings in Vienna because they did not want the Russians to get them. Among the lost paintings were those of Guztav Klimpt philosophicalAnd Medicine, And jurisprudence.

The only record of the paintings is black and white photographs. The researchers used these images along with the written descriptions and color palettes of Klimpt’s other panels to color the three images. Of course, no one will ever know how to compare to the original Klimpt (unless there are color photos that no one knows about).

From Google Arts & Culture:

Once the color information was obtained, Google Arts & Culture Lab resident Emil Wallner developed an algorithm to use Dr. Smola’s research to recover faculty paintings. Instead of manually coloring the paintings, Wallner’s algorithm performs a statistical analysis of existing Klimt artwork and learns to imitate Klimt’s coloring style. Based on data analysis combined with Dr. Franz Smola’s research, the algorithm reconstructs the college panels.

Washington Post I asked a New York galleries what they thought of restoring AI:

Jane Kahler, director of Galerie St. Etienne in New York for a long time, which gave Klimt his picture premieres in the United States. “These things look like caricatures. They don’t look like Klimt’s paintings.

“It’s like people trying to clone their dogs. You can do that, but it’s not the same dog.”

So, not a fan.

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