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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

By BBC News

June 29, 2022

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Advanced technologies are rediscovering previously hidden masterpieces.

George Cann and Anthony Bourached at the U.K.'s University College London (UCL) employed artificial intelligence (AI) to render x-ray images of paintings as three-dimensional prints that recreate concealed images’ colors and texture.

London's National Gallery partnered with UCL and Imperial College London to produce clearer images of a portrait underneath Francisco de Goya's Doña Isabel de Porcel by having a computer combine multiple scans from different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum also has used AI to reconstruct lost panels from Rembrandt's The Night Watch from a copy by artist Gerrit Lundens, converting his style into Rembrandt's.

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