The artificial intelligence system analyzed a painting by an unknown artist, bought in an antique store in Chicago, and determined that with a 97% probability its creator was Raphael.
The canvas depicts a Madonna and Child, reports The Daily Mail.
Anthony Ayers, a US resident, bought the painting for $30,000 in 1995. He suspected that it belonged to the brush of a famous artist, but could not prove it.
In the XXI century, modern technologies came to the aid of Ayers. The artificial intelligence system Art Recognition was created to verify the authenticity of works of art. During her training, she processed data on several million works. In particular, she was taught to identify the special manner of Raphael’s strokes.
The neural network analyzed 16 fragments of the Madonna, and then the whole picture as a whole. The results showed that the faces of Mary and Jesus by 96.57% and 96.24% belong to Raphael, while the rest of the picture does not correspond to his manner.
The experts conducted several more studies, in particular, the analysis of the pigment. They also confirmed that the canvas was created in Raphael’s workshop.
“The core of this painting was most likely designed by Raphael, with obvious involvement in the work of a smaller, secondary hand,” said Dr. Larry Silver, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Pennsylvania.
Earlier it was reported that a pencil sketch bought by a US resident for $ 30 turned out to be the work of Albrecht Durer. It was dated 1503.