Almost 120 years after the creation of Pablo Picasso’s painting “The Beggar Squatting”, research scientists from the Oxia Palus team discovered another image under the top layer of paint – a previously unknown landscape.
For the first time, traces of the second picture were found in 2018 using X-ray analysis. According to art historians, this is a painting by Picasso’s friend Santiago Rusiñol, which depicts a park in the vicinity of Barcelona. Apparently, Picasso took advantage of the outlines of the hills to form the contour of the woman’s back.
However, X-rays revealed only the general outline of the picture. In detail and color, the canvas was restored only with the help of artificial intelligence.
The Oxia Palus team used a combination of spectroscopic imaging, AI technologies and 3D printing to reproduce the visible landscape. The researchers then used a 3D elevation map to paint the canvas in Rusiñol’s manner.
Currently, Oxia Palus has put up for sale about 100 restored paintings by various artists. It is difficult to say how accurately the reproduced painting matches the original, but the team still hopes that the technology they have developed will be in demand by art critics.