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AI Brings Hidden Picasso Nude to Life

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The nude dates from Picasso's Blue Period, early in his career.

A portion of the recreated Picasso painting.

Credit: Oxia Palus

Artificial intelligence (AI), advanced imaging, and three-dimensional (3D) printing revealed the portrait of a nude woman hidden beneath the surface of a Picasso painting.

The figure, which Picasso painted over while creating "The Blind Man's Meal" in 1903, was reconstructed by U.K.-based Oxia Palus, a company that resurrects lost art with technology.

Oxia Palus used X-ray fluorescence imaging and image processing to outline the concealed nude, then trained AI to add brushstrokes mimicking Picasso's style.

A heightmap gave the portrait texture, and 3D printing rendered it onto canvas.

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