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AI art: has science unravelled how we see and appreciate art?

Alia Talaat

Art, it’s in the eye of the beholder but has science found a way to identify what we really appreciate in paintings? The artistic tastes of individuals may have been finally unravelled thanks to University of Bristol researchers, artificial intelligence (AI) and eye-tracking technology.

Delving into the mindset of an individual’s artistic preferences has proven challenging as a systematic approach to assess individual preferences towards different artistic styles and the semantic contents of paintings in an objective way has been lacking. For example, does an individual observer find paintings of Van Gogh pleasing because of the application of brushstrokes or the choice of content such as sunflowers?
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