Everybody loves to see a good "then and now" photo comparison of their favorite celebrities but what about a photo that is from both the "past" and the present? Thanks to the technology of the researchers at MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, people can transform photos into 15th-century classical portraits.

The site aiportraits.com uses an algorithm trained on 45,000 classical portraits to render any face into faux oil, watercolor, or ink. Ever wondered what today's stars would look like if they had their portrait done by done in the style of the Old Masters? Scroll down below to check out some museum-worthy masterpieces of current famous faces and don't forget to upvote your favs!

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Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

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Kristy P 3 weeks ago

Looks more like Jason Lee!

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The MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab uses what's called generative adversarial network (GAN) models, a popular AI technique which can be observed in deepfakes. GAN works by getting two neural networks to compete each other in order to produce an acceptable outcome: a generator, which looks at various examples and tries to mimic them, and a discriminator, which judges if they are real by comparing them with the same training examples. In the case of these images, they used 45,000 classical portraits to train the program, including paintings Titian, van Gogh, and Rembrandt.

#2

Adam Driver

Adam Driver

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Iris 3 weeks ago

I love this guy 👍👍👍

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#3

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

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Dani 3 weeks ago

She really does look just like a Renaissance painting!

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Previous AI methods have created similar AI portraits, but this algorithm does not merely “paint over” your face in a new style. GAN generates new features from scratch and certain elements in the photo prompts the algorithm on which style to use. Researchers say the algorithm “decides upon a Renaissance style, highlighting the elegance of the aquiline nose, the smoothness of the forehead.”

#4

Jared Leto

Jared Leto

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HOUSE 3 weeks ago

It's Jesus

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#5

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

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Sugar Latte 3 weeks ago

They made his hair look fluffy!

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“With AI Portraits Ars anyone is able to use GAN models to generate a new painting, where facial lines are completely redesigned. The model decides for itself which style to use for the portrait. Details of the face and background contribute to direct the model towards a style. In style transfer, there is usually a strong alteration of colors, but the features of the photo remain unchanged. AI Portraits Ars creates new forms, beyond altering the style of an existing photo.”

#6

Kit Harington

Kit Harington

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N 3 weeks ago

still gorgeous

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#7

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

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The Girl on Fire 3 weeks ago

Okay, this is much better than the egg one

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You might notice that in these portraits stars flashing their pearly whites don't appear in paint - there is a reason for that. “Portrait masters rarely paint smiling people because smiles and laughter were commonly associated with a more comic aspect of genre painting, and because the display of such an overt expression as smiling can seem to distort the face of the sitter,” they write. “This inability of artificial intelligence to reproduce our smiles is teaching us something about the history of art.”

#8

Snoop Dog

Snoop Dog

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DaVo 3 weeks ago

No black people until early cubism....

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#9

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

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Rabbit Carrot 3 weeks ago

Byronesque

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With anxiety over privacy implications after the recent FaceApp debacle, people might be less inclined to play with their portrait. The researchers promised users that the pictures uploaded are immediately deleted after processing by their servers and that they won’t be used for any other purpose other than some really old-fashioned fun. 

#10

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

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Grumble O'Pug 3 weeks ago

Looks more like David Frost

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#11

Beyonce

Beyonce

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DaVo 3 weeks ago

Oh ofcourse people in the olden days only had one skincolor.

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#12

Woody Allen

Woody Allen

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CookieNeerrrrd 3 weeks ago

The Ai version of him made the 'glasses' look like a make-up incident...

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#13

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

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engineer_nope.avi 3 weeks ago

He looks like Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) for some reason.

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#14

John Travolta

John Travolta

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N G 3 weeks ago

Is that an oil or grease painting?

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#15

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

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Mickie Ramos 3 weeks ago

Looks like a weird John Travolta

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#16

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

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Magic567 3 weeks ago

pretty!

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#17

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

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N 3 weeks ago

Handsome

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#18

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

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Alex 3 weeks ago

Lips not wide enough. This seems like just a generic persons face

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#19

Jared Leto

Jared Leto

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Dorothy Parker 3 weeks ago

No, younger Robert Downey Jr.

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#20

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

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N 3 weeks ago

gorgeous either way

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#21

Kehlani Parrish

Kehlani Parrish

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#22

Lizzo

Lizzo

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Neon_Sketch_Art 3 weeks ago

aw hell naw

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#23

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

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Mickie Ramos 3 weeks ago

He looks like a crazed person.

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#24

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

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Irma Goncalves 3 weeks ago

the nose is too straight

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#25

Jungkook

Jungkook

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#26

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Girl on Fire 3 weeks ago

This doesn't really look like him

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#27

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

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ntensegirl 3 weeks ago

looks more like sylvester stallone

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#28

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

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Dani 3 weeks ago

In the portrait he looks like an earth worm. Or maybe an egg.

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#29

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

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Allyn Ziebarth 3 weeks ago

Looks NOTHING like Mark Hamill!

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#30

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

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N G 3 weeks ago

So they didn't have orange paint in the renaissance period?

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Note: this post originally had 34 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.