Can you recognize these celebrities through a Renaissance filter? This website uses AI to Leonardo da Vinci-fy any photo

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if Leonardo da Vinci had painted your portrait? If you have one, or if the idea comes to you just now, there is a website for you: DaVinci facewhich uses artificial intelligence to transform users’ photos into personalized photos mona-lisa selfies.

The virtual platform, from Mathema, a technology company in Florence, Italy, uses artificial intelligence (AI) and sophisticated machine learning algorithms trained to mimic Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings like the mona-lisa and La Belle Ferronniere.

It was harder than the researchers thought. Existing neural style transfer techniques were not sophisticated enough to capture Leonardo’s masterful brushstrokes.

“Leonardo’s style is particularly difficult to capture due to the widespread use of chiaroscuro, a painterly technique where shapes are formed directly from color instead of having a prior drawing which is then colored”, said Mathema spokesman Massimiliano Bellini. art diary.

To generate new Leonardo-like portraits, the company had to develop a new deep learning generative neural network (GAN) technology based on no less than 500 million parameters.

Timothée Chalamet with Da Vinci Face. Photo by Sean Zanni, ©Patrick McMullan.

To get the best result, users should choose a photo with a neutral background, where you can see the person’s entire face. The algorithm can only handle one character at a time, so no group photos. Also, we are talking about the mona-lisaso give her your best mysterious half-smile – no toothy grin here.

If all goes well, a new version of your photo, mixed with elements from Leonardo’s paintings, will be emailed to you.

Demand is currently so high for the Da Vinci Face treatment that “the whole process can take a few hours or even days,” according to an auto-response email from the company. (Normally it takes about 100 seconds.) Luckily, we were ahead of the crowd and were able to capture Renaissance celebrity portraits for your viewing pleasure.

Can you recognize these A-listers in mona-lisa-form? (Be warned, the algorithm doesn’t generate much range in its skin tones, which can make it tricky.)

Kanye West with the face of Da Vinci.

Emma Stone with the face of Da Vinci.

Halle Berry with the face of Da Vinci.

Kim Kardashian with the face of Da Vinci.

Anne Hathaway with Da Vinci Face.

Jennifer Lawrence with the face of Da Vinci.

Oprah Winfrey with the face of Da Vinci.

Matt Damon with the face of Da Vinci.

Lupita Nyong'o with Da Vinci Face.

Bradley Cooper with the face of Da Vinci.

Here are the answers :

Zendaya with Da Vinci Face.  Photo by Sean Zanni, ©Patrick McMullan.

Zendaya with Da Vinci Face. Photo by Sean Zanni, ©Patrick McMullan.

Leonardo DiCaprio with the face of Da Vinci.  Photo by Michael Ostuni, ©Patrick McMullan.

Leonardo DiCaprio with the face of Da Vinci. Photo by Michael Ostuni, ©Patrick McMullan.

Kanye West with the face of Da Vinci.  Photo by Clint Spaulding ©Patrick McMullan.

Kanye West with the face of Da Vinci. Photo by Clint Spaulding ©Patrick McMullan.

Emma Stone with the face of Da Vinci.  Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

Emma Stone with the face of Da Vinci. Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

Halle Berry with the face of Da Vinci.  Photo by Jimi Celeste, ©Patrick McMullan.

Halle Berry with the face of Da Vinci. Photo by Jimi Celeste, ©Patrick McMullan.

Kim Kardashian with the face of Da Vinci.  Photo by Clint Spaulding, ©Patrick McMullan.

Kim Kardashian with the face of Da Vinci. Photo by Clint Spaulding, ©Patrick McMullan.

Anne Hathaway with Da Vinci Face.  Photo by Paul Bruinooge, ©Patrick McMullan.

Anne Hathaway with Da Vinci Face. Photo by Paul Bruinooge, ©Patrick McMullan.

Jennifer Lawrence with the face of Da Vinci.  Photo by Michael Ostuni, ©Patrick McMullan.

Jennifer Lawrence with the face of Da Vinci. Photo by Michael Ostuni, ©Patrick McMullan.

Oprah Winfrey with the face of Da Vinci.  Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

Oprah Winfrey with the face of Da Vinci. Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

Matt Damon with the face of Da Vinci.  Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

Matt Damon with the face of Da Vinci. Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

Lupita Nyong'o with Da Vinci Face.  Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

Lupita Nyong’o with Da Vinci Face. Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

Bradley Cooper with the face of Da Vinci.  Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

Bradley Cooper with the face of Da Vinci. Photo by David Crotty, ©Patrick McMullan.

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