‘AI Portraits Ars’ Transforms Any Photo Into A 15th-Century Portrait

In the digital world we live in today, we no longer need an actual artist to paint a portrait of us. There are so many apps now that can be downloaded to have that Instagram-worthy photo.

But if you’re one of the people wondering how your portrait would look like if it were painted by one of the great artists in history, this new app is for you.

AI Portraits Ars – developed by MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab’s Mauro Martino, Emanuele Del Sozzo, Owen Cornec, and Luca Stornaiuolo from Politecnico di Milano and Liza Gazeeva – uses information from over 45,000 15th century images to help ‘paint’ a portrait of any photo uploaded.

The team opted to choose this era as it was a period in art history where realistic portraits gained popularity among people from higher social classes.

The app uses Artificial Intelligence to replicate artistic human portraits and is able to create them in real-time at 4k resolution. Unlike other photo apps and filters that turn your photo into a work of art but leave the facial lines untouched, AI Portraits distinguishes itself with its GAN models, generating a new painting where facial lines are completely redesigned. It determines the best style for the portrait by analyzing the features and background.

“We have trained Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) models to reproduce human portraits, with different styles and levels of abstraction. GANs are a very popular class of deep generative models,” reads the website.

To use this tool, you just have to upload a picture of yourself and let the AI work for you. Check out some of the AI portraits below.

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