AI Recreates Destroyed Velázquez

April 23 2024

Image of AI Recreates Destroyed Velázquez

Picture: El Pais

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's an interesting story which I failed to spot earlier on this month. A project, undertaken by the artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo, has recreated Velázquez's Expulsion of the Moriscos which was destroyed by a fire in 1734. Essentially, detailed descriptions were used, alongside a rediscovered sketch, to build up the image produced on the right.

According to the article linked above:

Armed with Palomino’s text and the preliminary sketch that Velázquez would use as a starting point for his larger painting, Sánchez turned next to Paula García, a student at the Complutense University of Madrid who wrote her thesis on AI applied to contemporary sculpture. Using a blend of history and technology, the two spent over 100 hours reconstructing Velázquez’s Expulsion of the Moriscos. They say 80% of the result is derived from artistic creations and 20% is due to AI. “People always have this natural suspicion about artificial intelligence,” said Sánchez.


Well, from what I can see the image does look a bit stiff and odd! However, I suppose it's a good start of sorts.

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