Of course that viral Mona Lisa photo was AI generated

Mona Lisa
(Image credit: Wikipedia)

We've seen plenty of examples of disturbingly realistic AI-generated imagery over the last year, and it's little wonder that generative models are causing consternation among the art and design community, particularly around questions of ethics and copyright. It can seem like it's getting harder every day to tell what's real and what's AI-generated, which might explain why an "early photo" of Leonardo Da Vinci with his most famous subject, Mona Lisa, has attracted so much attention. Indeed, with the painting completed in 1506, it's an early photo indeed.

Which is to say, it isn't a photo at all. It's AI generated. Because of course it's AI generated. But that hasn't stopped logic appearing to evaporate in comment sections across social media. 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.