The first picture of an intellectual machine was sold for almost half a million dollars.

For a whopping 432.5 thousand dollars, they sold at Christie's auction in New York the first ever original artwork created by artificial intelligence (AI) - “Portrait of Edmond de Bellamy” (2018). Considering that the initial estimate of the canvas was 10 thousand, the final result exceeded expectations by 43 times! 2.5 times more expensive estimeyta went under the hammer and "Lucretia" Baroque artist Artemisia Gentilesky. She exhibited auction house Dorotheum in Vienna.The fierce bidding for "The Portrait of Edmond de Bellamy" lasted more than six minutes. Participants made bets by phone, in the hall and online. Activity declined after the price exceeded 200 thousand dollars. As a result, the winner offered 350 thousand dollars, which, together with the premium, makes up the final 432.5 thousand.

Artificial Intelligence, "Portrait of Edmond de Bellamy from the Bellami Family" (2018)
"Portrait of Edmond de Belami" - the product of the algorithm developed by the French team Obvious ("Obvious"). The work was created by the so-called generative-adversary network, the GSS (these are two neural networks leading to the antagonistic game: one creates samples, the second rejects the “wrong” ones; as a result, images can be generated that people perceive as natural).

The experimenters first loaded 15,000 portraits created between the XIV and XX centuries into the generator, and then the AI ​​created new works until it was able to deceive a test designed to distinguish a painting written by a man from the one that the machine generated.
“Edmond de Belami” is one of the 11 portraits of members of the fictional Bellamy family, named after Ian Goodfellow, an AI researcher who invented the generative and adversary network in 2014. (A good fellow or "good friend" can be translated into French as bel ami). The authors of the algorithm will spend the money they earn on his further improvement and training.The co-founders of the Obvious are Pierre Fotrell, Gauthier Vernier and Hugo Casel-Dupre. Photo: Obvious At the same time, Obvious received a share of criticism. Opponents believe that the hype around the fact that AI technology can produce something by itself is premature, and that the current interest is due to newness rather than deep learning. “Experiments with a GSS with such a low resolution have been conducted since 2015,” said young artist Robbie Barrat, who works with AI. “No one in art considers them artists, rather they are marketers.”
And if the sensation of “Portrait of Edmond de Belami” can be called momentary, then the artist of the XVII century Artemisia Gentileschi in recent years confidently enters the status of a superstar. Another proof of this was the result of the sale of her work "Lucretia" in Vienna. The picture, for which they planned to earn a maximum of 800 thousand US dollars, went to the Australian private collection for an impressive 2 million.LucretiaArtemisia of Gentileski, 17th century, 133 × 106 cmPicture of the character of ancient Roman mythology of the 6th century BC. e., whose rape and subsequent suicide inspired the inhabitants of Rome to overthrow the monarchy, has been kept since the middle of the 19th century in a private collection of an aristocratic family. The history of Lucretia to some extent reflects the fate of Artemisia Gentileschi herself. As a teenager, the artist became a victim of violence by her teacher Agostino Tassi. The girl was subjected to humiliating physical examination and torture to prove the veracity of her statements and to condemn Tassi. This case and the realistic portrayals of harassment women in many ways contribute to the rise in popularity of Gentileschi in the current era of sex scandals.Self-portrait in the image of St. CatherineArtemizia Gentileschi1615, 71 × 71 cm “Lucretia” only a few percent did not reach the record “Self-portrait in the image of St. Catherine”, which in December 2017 was sold at auction in Paris for 2.18 million dollars. A few months later, the National Gallery in London purchased it from a Robilant + Voena dealer for the equivalent of $ 4.7 million.
Pictures of Artemisia Gentileschi are rarely put up for auction, because now only about six dozen of her works are known in the world. And only half of them finally attributed to the legacy of the artist. The attribution of the others is either questionable, or they are assigned to the works of her workshop. Art: read us in the Telegram and see on Instagram
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