We all know what famous personalities of the modern day look like, but it's a whole different topic when it comes to history. Most of them were portrayed by artists who were influenced by the trends and technologies of their day, and their own unique style was a factor too. It's not rare that one single person looked completely differently depending on the artist. So naturally, we come to wonder what they really looked like. And the current technology powered by computers and artificial intelligence offers an answer to that interest. And sometimes the answer looks so real it's even creepy. It's as if these historical personalities are our own contemporaries.

The Netherlands artist Bas Uterwijk, known as Ganbrood on Instagram, satisfies our curiosity yet again by showing some new and updated versions of historical and fictional personalities.

More info: Instagram | basuterwijk.com | twitter.com

#1

Nefertiti

Nefertiti

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Maya Baggins
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2 months ago

Gorgeous!

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It isn't the first time that Bas' neural network reconstructions have been featured here on Bored Panda. His first post went viral, and the recreations in the second post were no less impressive than in the first one. We highly recommend checking them out, as even in today's post there are updated versions of the images that were in the older posts, and it's very interesting to see the evolution of how they were refined to what they are as of now.

#2

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

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Abhinc
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2 months ago (edited)

fun facts about Cleopatra !! Medieval Arab texts praise Cleopatra for her accomplishments as a mathematician, chemist and philosopher. She was said to have written scientific books and, in the words of the historian Al-Masudi: "She was a sage, a philosopher, who elevated the ranks of scholars and enjoyed their company." She was also multilingual – historical accounts report her speaking between 5 and 9 languages, including her native Greek, Egyptian, Arabic and Hebrew. - She married two of her brothers. - Her beauty was the product of Roman propaganda. According to Plutarch: "Her actual beauty…was not so remarkable that none could be compared with her." Her reputation as a dangerous and seductive temptress was in fact the creation of her enemy Octavian. -

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#3

Aphrodite (New Version)

Aphrodite (New Version)

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Robert T
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2 months ago

I've seen her rock and her baths. She wasn't home though. ;-)

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Bas has been kind enough to share with us about his life and his passion in two separate interviews: "Although my career path has swayed in different directions, my focus has always been on playing with realism and illusion. Special effects, 3D animation, and video games all try to make fantasies plausible. Influenced by European comics, movies, and video games, I have experimented with most forms of visual storytelling."

#4

Akhenaten

Akhenaten

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Herewegoagain
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2 months ago

This man is beautiful.

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#5

David By Michelangelo (New Version)

David By Michelangelo (New Version)

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BigFish Artwire
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2 months ago

He's hot haha :)

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"Working with classical art versus photography in neural networks for me feels like the next step in depicting ourselves. Just as photography changed the shape of classical painting, techniques based on artificial intelligence will start influencing and inspiring art and (post-)photography. AI applications are developing at an incredible speed and it will influence almost all segments of our society. I wouldn't be surprised if, in five or ten years, it will be possible to create moving, interactive three-dimensional characters with these techniques: super-realistic avatars that people are able to communicate within virtual surroundings."

#6

Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun

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CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

I learned recently he was the product of incest so he had a lot of deformities

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#7

Elizabeth I (New Version)

Elizabeth I (New Version)

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Herewegoagain
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2 months ago

Hello, it is Meryl Streep

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"After working more than a decade in 3D animation, I was getting frustrated with the artificiality of it, so photography, for me, was a way to expand my horizons and investigation of what reality looks like: getting to know light and the way it behaves on materials, human faces, and how we perceive expressions in their smallest details."

#8

Jesus Christ Based On Leonardo Da Vinci's "Savior Of The World"

Jesus Christ Based On Leonardo Da Vinci's "Savior Of The World"

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BigFish Artwire
Community Member
2 months ago

At least it's not the Northern European Jesus that we're all used to see 🤪

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#9

Apollo

Apollo

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Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
2 months ago

Apollo is one dashing lad

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"These 'Deep Learning' networks are trained with thousands of photographs of human faces and are able to create near-photorealistic people from scratch or fit uploaded faces in a 'Latent Space' of a total of everything the model has learned. I think the human face hasn't changed dramatically over thousands of years and apart from hairstyles and makeup, people that lived long ago probably looked very much like us, but we are used to seeing them in the often distorted styles of ancient art forms that existed long before the invention of photography."

#10

Fayum Mummy Portrait (New Version)

Fayum Mummy Portrait (New Version)

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DE Ray
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2 months ago

I think I dated her in college.

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#11

William Shakespeare's Juliet Capulet

William Shakespeare's Juliet Capulet

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JennyLaRue
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2 months ago

Juliet is a fictional character

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But Bas isn't a one-trick pony: "Next to the historical recreations, I really love to work on completely made-up faces. For my audience, it sometimes is hard to see what they are looking at. Especially for people who are not familiar with the technical aspects of my work. That way, they don't know how much is made up. It could be a photograph of someone they have never seen before. I aim to make these faces interesting enough so they captivate and intrigue the viewer, like in any good classical portrait."

#12

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

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Gossameringue
Community Member
2 months ago

She knows what secrets she's hiding...

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#13

Lilith

Lilith

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Gossameringue
Community Member
2 months ago

She had the best music festivals!

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#14

Queen Tia

Queen Tia

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Maya Baggins
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful, but frightening beautiful

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#15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Tal Jamchi
Community Member
2 months ago

Mr. Bean??!

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#16

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

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CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

Isn’t this just her zoomed in?

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#17

Idia

Idia

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Zedrapazia
Community Member
2 months ago

Sorry, can anyone tell me who this is?

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#18

Fayum Mummy Portrait (New Version)

Fayum Mummy Portrait (New Version)

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Miss Cris
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow! What a beauty!

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#19

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Annemarie Mattheyse
Community Member
2 months ago

He looks much older here than he ever got (he died at 37). Maybe Mozart the elder?

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#20

Judith Jans Leyster

Judith Jans Leyster

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DarkAngelNic
Community Member
2 months ago

I am uncultured and didn't know who she was. She is a Dutch painter.

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#21

Anne Lister

Anne Lister

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

Gentleman Jack is a great show btw !!

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#22

Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola

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BigFish Artwire
Community Member
2 months ago

She looks a lot like Greta Thunberg

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#23

Doomguy (New Version)

Doomguy (New Version)

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Petros Vrasivanopoulos
Community Member
2 months ago

if testosterone was a guy

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#24

Fayum Mummy Portrait (New Version)

Fayum Mummy Portrait (New Version)

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Mayrene Chester
Community Member
2 months ago

Dev Patel

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#25

Isabella Brant (New Version)

Isabella Brant (New Version)

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Glynis Buller
Community Member
2 months ago

some of these are beginning to look repetitive, especially around the eyes

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#26

Farmer From Laren By Martinus Van Regteren Altena

Farmer From Laren By Martinus Van Regteren Altena

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Robert St. Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago

Wasn't he the teacher in Willie Wonka?

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#27

Sandro Botticelli's Portrait Of A Young Man Holding A Roundel

Sandro Botticelli's Portrait Of A Young Man Holding A Roundel

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pebs
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, the real portrait is speaking itself, no need to recreate it. By the way, the real portrait is much better at expression and proportions.

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#28

Vincenzo Catena's Portrait Of A Young Man

Vincenzo Catena's Portrait Of A Young Man

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it just me or does this guy remind you of Lord Farquaad?

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