Artificial intelligence can assess whether a given work of art is authentic

Artificial intelligence goes to war with image forgers. And, as analyzes show, it is doing extremely well on this front.

Artificial intelligence knows art

AI analyzed images that were offered for sale on eBay. She recognized as many as 4 of them as fakes. It was about, among other things, about works of art by Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir.

The case was handled by Dr. Carina Popovici. In a conversation with The Guardian admitted that the use of new technology is becoming a necessity. The 40 paintings mentioned are the tip of the iceberg. The art market is flooded with fakes.

Let an example illustrate the scale of the problem Forest with a stream Coin. Someone tried to sell the painting for $599,000. The seller even guaranteed that “the painting is an original oil on canvas from 1867, signed and dated by Claude Monet. It turned out that this was not true. The work was a fake. Just like the alleged Renoir sketch that was asking for $165,000.

This is probably why eBay started using AI, which supports a group of internal investigators and programs designed to protect buyers. In 2022 alone, the website blocked the publication of as many as 88 million advertisements for fakes. It also removed 1.3 million auctions that somehow passed the filters. The question is how many buyers were deceived and bought fake paintings by masters. We can assume that it is not possible to track down all fraudsters.

How can AI analyze art?

But how can artificial intelligence recognize whether it is dealing with a fake? Two types of artificial neural networks were used. These simply analyze the image in terms of how it was painted. It's about the brushstroke or the color palette.

Popovici, who manages Art Recognition, is the person behind the project. The company's AI tool took a closer look at 500 works from various collections. For example, it was possible to determine that the painting was by Peter Rubens View of Het Steen in the early morning from the National Gallery in London is authentic. Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait from 1889 was also examined.