Wednesday, February 18, 2015

On with her head

The battered lead disc above, the Moost Happi medal in the British Museum in London, Is the only remaining undisputed likeness of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII. After she was beheaded in 1536, there was a concerted effort to erase her memory. But an interdisciplinary team at the University of California, Riverside, may have resurrected another image of the queen. Using state-of-the-art facial recognition software, they have found a close match with the privately owned Nidd Hall portrait, held at the Bradford Art Galleries and Museums. Admits Amit Roy-Chowdhury, head of the video computing group, "What the computer gives at the end is another source of evidence for the discussions that have been going on about these questions.”

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