The innovative experience is created by Google Arts & Culture in collaboration with Belvedere Museum, which boasts the largest collection of Klimt paintings in the world. It features many of Klimt’s most beloved works, as well as reconstructions of paintings that were lost in a fire in 1945. These pieces—called the Faculty Paintings—were restored to their original coloring using AI technology. This was made possible by the black and white records of the lost paintings, and the insight of how Klimt produced his other works.
“The result for me was surprising because we were able to color it even in the places where we had no knowledge,” says Dr. Franz Smola, curator at the Belvedere Museum. “With machine learning, we have good assumptions that Klimt used certain colors.” In addition to these newly restored pieces, visitors can find other less-seen art by Klimt that has been digitized for the first time. Viewers can also zoom in on each work of art displayed in the online gallery while a narrator provides an overview of Klimt’s life and career.
You can view the online exhibition and learn more about Klimt’s life, here.
Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with the Belvedere Museum in a digital exhibition of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt’s art.
Gustav Klimt, “The Kiss,” 1908 (Photo: Google Arts & Culture)
Entitled Klimt vs. Klimt: The Man of Contradictions the show explores the duality of Klimt’s art and life.
Gustav Klimt, Restored version of “Philosophy” (Photo: Google Arts & Culture)
All 63 paintings can be viewed in an online gallery, where visitors can zoom in on each one.
“Klimt vs. Klimt” online viewing gallery (Photo: Google Arts & Culture)
Watch this video to learn more about how AI technology restored lost Klimt paintings: