Art historians have long used traditional X-rays, X-ray fluorescence or infrared imaging to better understand artists’ techniques.
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Breathless headlines of artificial intelligence discovering or restoring lost works of art ignore the fact that these machines rarely, if ever, reveal one secret or solve a single mystery.
Paul Signac, ‘Leaving the Port of Marseille’ 1906/7 oil on canvas, 46 x 55.2 cm, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Inv GE 6524.
Photo: © The State Hermitage Museum 2018, Vladimir Terebenin.
In the early 20th century, two families of collectors brought the best of modern French art to Russia. Many of their paintings - including works by Picasso, Matisse and Cezanne - can now be seen in Sydney.
Spain has specific laws on protecting historical memory, and yet some would rather forget about them altogether.
Arched figure 1993: powerful and unforgettable.
Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation Purchase 2016 © The Easton Foundation.
The Art Gallery of NSW’s summer blockbuster sparkles with famous names, including Picasso, Matisse, Turner and Rodin. But for all of its trumpeting of risk and daring, it remains essentially a rather puritanical exercise.
Dumile Feni’s ‘African Guernica’ - charcoal on paper.
‘African Guernica’ is an incredibly powerful work of art in many ways, importantly filling that space between the visible and the visible.
Bull (1958) is constructed with plywood, tree branch, nails and screws.
© 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Could Picasso’s sculptures become the most sought-after pieces of the artist’s oeuvre?
Picasso’s The Young Ladies of Avignon (1907) scored extremely high when entered into the creativity algorithm.
Humans are no longer the only judges of creativity. Computers can perform the same task – and may even be more objective.
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Now that the painting is probably to disappear from public view, hopefully we won’t remember it in pixellated format.