Unravelling the Enigma: Using AI In Art Detection


How AI Cracked the Case of a Raphael Masterpiece

the de Brécy Tondo - Has had artisits debating for 40 years
the de Brécy Tondo – Has had artisits debating for 40 years

Step into the world of art and intrigue as we delve into the mystery surrounding one of Raphael’s captivating paintings – the de Brécy Tondo.

Now, Raphael, in case you didn’t know, is one of the superstars of the Renaissance, renowned for his stunning portraits of the Madonna and Child and more. But there’s been a long-standing debate – did Raphael paint this Tondo, or did some cheeky copycat attempt to mimic his brilliance?

Oh, the drama!

Art historians have wrestled with this puzzler for ages, using all sorts of methods and techniques to solve the riddle. But alas, none were convincing enough to settle the score. Some experts insisted the Tondo was a genuine Raphael masterpiece, while others suspected it might be a Victorian replica of the Sistine Madonna – phew, what a whirlwind of theories!

Enter the heroes of our story

a team of genius researchers from the University of Nottingham and the University of Bradford. They decided to whip out their secret weapon – artificial intelligence (AI) – to tackle the mystery head-on!

The researchers didn’t mess around; they used facial recognition AI to analyze the faces in both paintings and compare them side by side. Now, if you’ve ever used face filters on social media, you have a tiny taste of what facial recognition can do. But this AI is next-level stuff! It can measure and compare various facial features like shape, size, color, expression – you name it!

So how did they pull it off? They employed a facial recognition system developed by the ingenious Professor Hassan Ugail from the University of Bradford. This AI is powered by deep neural networks – the ultimate learning machines! It was trained on millions of faces from all sorts of sources – databases, websites, cameras, you get the drift.

Here’s where it gets exciting! The system gave a score to the faces in both paintings, indicating their similarity. And guess what? Brace yourself! The faces in the de Brécy Tondo scored a whopping 97 for the Madonna an 86. That’s like, “Whoa, they could be twins!”

All of these images were created using AI
AI doesn’t just detect art it creates it too!

It’s Highly Likely That Both Were Crafted By Raphael

And the plot thickens! The researchers drew a jaw-dropping conclusion – based on the high resemblance, it’s highly likely that both paintings were crafted by Raphael himself. No way someone else could’ve copied his style so masterfully! Talk about an art detective story for the ages!

But hold your paintbrushes! The researchers didn’t stop there. They dropped another bombshell – they suggested that Raphael painted the de Brécy Tondo first and then used it as a model for the grander Sistine Madonna. It’s like an artist’s secret blueprint to perfection!

Now, just like any good mystery, there’s always a twist. The researchers were gracious enough to consider that maybe Raphael had a little help from his buddies, his students, or assistants. They knew teamwork makes the dream work! More research is needed to get to the bottom of it all, though.


Thanks to the AI heroes, we finally have some answers to the Raphael riddle that’s had art enthusiasts scratching their heads for ages. The de Brécy Tondo is most likely a precious gem crafted by the master himself. Ah, the magic of AI, uncovering the secrets of art and unlocking the wonders of history!

AI is good for countless tasks it can create art and also detect similarities between two artistes pieces. We recently wrote about AI-Da and AI robot that is creating artistic pieces in the real world, who knows maybe in the future these new types of robots might be able to mimic well known artists. But we can guarntee that will cause alot of complaints all around the art world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *