Russian researchers at Samsung’s AI Center and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow recently released a video in which they used AI to bring The Mona Lisa to life.
The video below is one of several released this week in which viewers can watch The Mona Lisa’s beguiling smile in motion. The videos were accompanied by a research paper which revealed new techniques for “making moving images from static pictures.”
The paper details how the researchers used “metadata mined from image banks” – their algorithm breaks down the ‘facial landmarks’ of a portrait and maps a custom physiognomy onto it.
While the internet is truly creeped out by The Mona Lisa in motion, this is not the first deepfake for the artworld – Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and Ivan Kramskoy’s Portrait of Unknown Woman received the same treatment, as did photos of Albert Einstein and Salvador Dalí.
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