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AI Testing Suggests Prized Rubens Painting Is a Fake


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detail of the National Gallery's 'Samson and Delilah'

The AI analyzed brushstroke patterns and other aspects of Rubens' known work.

Credit: The National Gallery

A series of tests using artificial intelligence has found that the Peter Paul Rubens masterpiece Samson and Delilah at the National Gallery in London is most likely a fake.

After comparing the work against 148 uncontested Rubens paintings, the algorithm came to the "astonishing" conclusion that there was a 91 percent chance that it was inauthentic.

The AI was powered by a convolutional neural network that analyzed brushstroke patterns and other aspects of Rubens' known work and compared them to the National Gallery painting, the authorship of which has long been the subject of controversy.

"I was so shocked," Carina Popovici, managing partner of Art Recognition, which conducted the study, told The Guardian. "We repeated the experiments to be really sure that we were not making a mistake, and the result was always the same. Every patch, every single square, came out as fake, with more than 90 percent probability."

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