October 4, 2023


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Facial Recognition Know-how Suggests Raphael Painted the de Brécy Tondo

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A bunch of researchers from the College of Nottingham and College of Bradford utilizing facial recognition expertise to examine a canvas generally known as the de Brécy Tondo found that the faces within the portray are similar to these in a Raphael altarpiece. The workforce concluded that the tondo, whose writer had beforehand been unknown, was seemingly painted by the Italian grasp.

The de Brécy Tondo was bought at an English country-house sale in 1981 by Cheshire businessman George Lester Winward. Although some consultants believed it to be a Victorian copy of a Raphael, Winward got here to imagine that it was by the Renaissance artist himself, primarily based on its shut resemblance to Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, held within the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden. Spectroscopic evaluation carried out over a decade in the past confirmed that the portray did indeed date to the Renaissance. When the college researchers in contrast the 2 works, they found that the similarity between the Madonnas within the two works was 97 %, that between the youngsters was 86 %. A similarity larger than 75 % is taken into account similar.

Constructing on the efforts of the College of Bradford’s Howell Edwards, who had earlier carried out an intensive investigation of the portray, Hassan Ugail, professor of visible computing on the similar faculty, developed the unreal intelligence facial recognition system the workforce used to make the match.

“Primarily based on the excessive analysis of this evaluation, along with earlier analysis, my fellow co-authors and I’ve concluded similar fashions have been used for each work and they’re undoubtedly by the identical artist,” said Ugail.

Digital picture evaluation skilled Christopher Brooke, an honorary fellow on the College of Nottingham and a coauthor of a forthcoming paper on the undertaking, noted that past the startling direct facial comparability match, “additional affirmation comes from evaluation of the pigments employed within the Tondo, which have demonstrated that the portray’s traits are thought of to be typical of Renaissance follow and subsequently extremely unlikely to be a later copy.”

Concluded Brooke, “That is an thrilling piece of labor that guarantees a lot for the long run examination of artistic endeavors.”


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