Google uses AI to color Klimt paintings10. October 2021
Google uses AI to color Klimt paintings
San Francisco, 10.10.2021
Google has used AI technology to colorize three Gustav Klimt paintings. Historians believe the so-called “faculty paintings” were destroyed in 1945 in a fire deliberately set by the Nazis.
After the fire, only black-and-white photographs and newspaper accounts of the paintings remained.
Google researchers developed an algorithm to colorize the three paintings in a way that they believed accurately represented the originals.
The algorithm was trained using more than 1 million real paintings, works by other artists, and full-color reproductions of other Klimt paintings. The images generated using ML could be “the closest thing to a complete image of these lost paintings,” ARTnews writes.
The works, “Medicine,” “Philosophy” and “Jurisprudence,” were commissioned by the University of Vienna and sold to a private buyer before being lost in a castle occupied and burned down by the Nazis.