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AI Earrings” in Dutch Museum Spark Fierce Controversy Over Artistic Integrity

Mar. 13, 2023.
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Controversy erupts at Dutch museum over use of AI to recreate Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring

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A Dutch museum has sparked outrage by displaying an AI-generated image of “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” While some consider it a creative process, others argue that using AI infringes on the intellectual property of other artists and is unethical. The museum defends the use of the image, claiming that it is simply a beautiful image and that they are not the place to debate whether AI belongs in an art museum. “My Girl with a Pearl” asked fans to send in their interpretations of the famous painting. Julian van Dieken’s AI-generated image, created with the AI tool Midjourney and Photoshop, was chosen as one of five to be physically hung in the same room as one of the world’s most famous paintings. Visitors to the Mauritshuis were divided, with younger people claiming artificial intelligence is what’s new and the elderly preferring more traditional paintings. The debate centers on what constitutes art and whether AI-generated images can be considered original works of art.

Source: Gadgets 360 (link)
Images: MidJourney, Prompts by Lewis Farrell

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