Bas Uterwijk is back on Bored Panda with more of his recreations (old post here)! Bas uses artificial intelligence to recreate paintings, statues, and many other things into a realistic portrait of what these historical figures could have looked like. Technology has come a long way, so if you've ever wondered what Mona Lisa, Van Gogh, or Shakespeare looked like in real life, this post is for you.

Bas has worked in CG animation and video games, but for about 14 years now, he's devoted himself to documentaries and photography. He has a lot of experience with this type of technology. So when he started to experiment with recreations and AI, he found a new hobby and way to use the skills he gained through all those years. 

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

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Jesus (New Version)

Jesus (New Version)

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Julie Fournil
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5 months ago

no way Jesus could take a plane without his suitcase being searched

Daniel Marsh
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5 months ago

Actually, there are 3rd century paintings, and 6th-century paintings based on paintings from the first century. They look way more Jewish than the medieval, European paintings you're used to seeing, but they often do depict long hair and a beard.

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Joshua Brenneman
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5 months ago

But.. but I thought jesus was a white guy from Texas!

PhotoJenic12
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5 months ago

So Jesus looks bit like Al Pacino.

Mike Crow
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5 months ago

i wonder what some hardcore christians think of this.

Gin Marie
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5 months ago

They think Jesus looks like a white country singer.

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Jenifer Riggs
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5 months ago

Finally something a bit more accurate! Realistically speaking, based on estimated population demographics, it was virtually impossible for Jesus to have been a full on white person as he is often depicted.

jamie1707
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5 months ago

If that was really Jesus, and he came back, Ted Cruise etal would have him deported in seconds.

Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Nice Sephardic Jewish man. Love this.

Eulalie Grace
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5 months ago

Sephardic?

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Anna Sadacca
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5 months ago

that's much better...at least now his looks are more probable than the wonder bread white guy he's portrayed to be ad nauseam

Wendy Newton
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5 months ago

Oooh, handsome guy!

Beau Chevassus
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5 months ago

I like how the artist gave him smiling eyes. So many portraits show him being way serious. He was a super likeable guy, getting invited to weddings and stuff. Fun fact: he also probably spoke multiple languages—including the commerce language of Greek—because he grew up in a trading hub. He also most likely didn’t have a long beard and long hair, a common misconception when people read “Nazartite” (the people who took a sacred vow not to cut hair) and Nazarene (a person from Nazareth). He was also probably more of General Contractor than a carpenter (which makes a lot of sense considering his knowledge of business finances, hiring/firing people, building planning, foundation work, etc. that we read in his parables. (E.g. “The stone people rejected became the cornerstone”)

embarrassed american
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5 months ago

I'd totally want to be this dude's friend!

Candy Rae
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5 months ago

Ive always read men from his time did not wear long hair( except one sect)so this may be more accurate.

Daniel Marsh
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5 months ago

It was unusual, but it was practiced by certain sects, which Jesus was likely attached to.

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TrashPandaru
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5 months ago

I'm not at all religious, but there's something about the look in his eyes that makes me feel quite emotional

Laura Catania
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5 months ago

I agree. There is a kindness to the eyes which is quite surprising in a piece of art

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KLo
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5 months ago

Soo handsome

Dinah Brand
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5 months ago

Beautiful!

kjorn
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5 months ago

looks like Adrian Pimento from Brooklin 99!!

Marvin HeartofGold
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5 months ago

Is it weird that I'm thinking impure thoughts of Jesus right now?

Capelli rosa e patate
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5 months ago

Delightfully realistic!! 👏🏻

Leesa DeAndrea
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4 months ago

No one knows what Jesus looked like.

Kitcat0828
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2 months ago

Interesting, at first it looks like he's smiling and then when you look longer he is no longer smiling and in facts looks sad or in pain

jevais
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4 months ago

So Jesus as I always thought was not blond, pink skin and blue eyes. In fact nobody in his time had given a discription of him and in the NewTestament neither I could find out what he looked like. Why has he always pictured as a Northern European? Was it more acceptable for the Europeans to embrace this new religion?

Jackie Wacky
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4 months ago

Nice: as a Middle Eastern man, this is a bit more like it. Better than those bloody pictures where JC has blonde hair and blue eyes...!!!

Ann Oldfield
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5 months ago

He was a direct descendant of David ..... do you all think he looks Jewish enough ?

Ojberretta Berretta
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5 months ago

maybe...

NAS
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5 months ago

No one knows what Jesus looked like.

backatya
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5 months ago

I believe he had longer hair due to the lack of barber shops

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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5 months ago

jesus is hot wtf

Frenchie
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5 months ago

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mcmp
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5 months ago

handsome.

LaurieAnne Smith
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5 months ago

More realistic, I think it's a trusting face, I mean look at the eyes.

Tracy Jones
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5 months ago

i think he is handsome in this

Laurie Goff
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5 months ago

Needs to be a little darker and more of a Jew fro

Marina
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5 months ago

I like him way more, he looks more genuine and kind

Daniel Marsh
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5 months ago

ctually, there are 3rd century paintings, and 6th-century paintings based on paintings from the first century. They look way more Jewish than the medieval, European paintings you're used to seeing, but they often do depict long hair and a beard

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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5 months ago

This makes way more sense than the blonde hunk of burnin' love we often see.

Tameri Harding
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5 months ago

The Bible says Jesus had skin of copper and hair of WOOL. This is inaccurate

AE Anderson
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5 months ago

In Revelation, he is described as having hair "as WHITE as wool." This means color, not texture. Also, this is not meant to be an exact physical description of what Jesus looked like in life. It is a symbolic representation.

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Sharon Ingram
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5 months ago

He was probably even darker than this.

Léo Tessier
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5 months ago

sheesh

Paizleypie
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5 months ago

Jesus 2.0?

Bouke De Boeck
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5 months ago

Said from Lost, no?

Mosheh Wolf
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5 months ago

To be honest, this is not how most people in the Levant look. Lebanese are the closest to how people in the area looked before the Arab invasions of the 7th century. Examples of people of Lebanese descent are Ralph Nader, Tony Shalhoub, Jamie Farr, and Paul Anka. Salam Hayek and Shakira both have one parent from Lebanon. It is the typical racism of Europeans, even those who are pretending to be progressive. "All of these Middle Eastern people are the same, so let's take an Arab from Yemen and consider him to be typical of Levantine people, Arabs, Egyptians, who cares? As long as they have dark skin and eyes and look 'exotic', we're good".

Tameri Harding
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5 months ago

R

Cynthia Bonville
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5 months ago

Always thought his hair was described as wooly, so more kinky pls and his beard is too straight.

AE Anderson
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5 months ago

In Revelation, he is described as having hair "as WHITE as wool." This means color, not texture. Also, this is not meant to be an exact physical description of what Jesus looked like in life. It is a symbolic representation.

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Rabbit Carrot
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Needs darker skin

Becky Bowen
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5 months ago

And wooly hair as was mentioned in the NT.

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David Retsler
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Oh, Jesus Christ!

Sue Clasen
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5 months ago

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He doesn't look like at all to the Shroud, rather a modern hipster coloured version of it.

Ray Martin
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5 months ago

Sue Clasen - You do know the Turin Shroud is a fake, right?

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We got an interview with Bas and he told us about his work, himself, and many other things: "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."

#2

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

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Dhukath
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5 months ago

A ginger Benedict Cumberbatch?

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#3

Statue Of Liberty (New Version)

Statue Of Liberty (New Version)

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Allan Breum
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5 months ago (edited)

Strange, if you took away the hair and added a laurel wreath, I swear she would look exactly like a young Julius Caesar...

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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."

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

He looks sneaky sneaky.

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Birth Of Venus

Birth Of Venus

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Candice Lewis
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5 months ago

She looks like Drew Barrymore

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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."

#6

Fayum Mummy Portrait

Fayum Mummy Portrait

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Paizleypie
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5 months ago

Aww, she looks sweet.

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#7

Leonardo's Vitruvian Man

Leonardo's Vitruvian Man

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Allan Breum
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5 months ago

An even angrier Mel Gibson..?

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"Eventually, blood was thicker than water and I fell in love with generative adversarial networks. Recreating historical faces feels like being a detective in time. It blurs the line between realism and fantasy, between technique and creativity. That is an area I feel best."

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Napoleon

Napoleon

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Losferatu
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5 months ago

A pinch of Woody Harrelson

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#9

Jacqueline Roque - Picasso's Muse

Jacqueline Roque - Picasso's Muse

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Hooked
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5 months ago

I don't quite understand this. This is a person of whom photographs exist. It's very easy to find out how she "really" looks (looked)

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"I started out with some of the most iconic faces, but I am planning to bring to life a much more diverse crowd of people that might not always be remembered on the covers of history books, but were important nonetheless."

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Alexander The Great

Alexander The Great

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Ludwig Michiel
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5 months ago

A hint of Sean Penn here :)

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Venus De Milo

Venus De Milo

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𝕥𝕠𝕒𝕤𝕥
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5 months ago

why the modern makeup?

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"Some creations take a couple of hours, others weeks. Van Gogh is one of my favorites, but also one of the most frustrating characters to work on. I think I have spent the most work on Vincent and I feel I will never be finished with him. Because of the many self-portraits and their dissimilarities, I can go on forever in imagining him."

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn

Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn

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Natalie Bohrteller
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5 months ago

Reminds me of Gary Oldman for some reason.

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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

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Candy Rae
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5 months ago

Looks like a politician

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"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."

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Aphrodite

Aphrodite

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Will Gaud
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5 months ago

Are Aphrodite and Venus de Milo the same person?

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Tintin

Tintin

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Laana
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5 months ago

Ohh,wow! I know where we can find a real Tintin! He is a friend of mine!

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"At the moment, I am working on different ways to enhance the resolution of my images because I love to see them really big on the wall of a living room or a museum. Three of my best images are being sold through a gallery at the moment. After Bored Panda put up my work last summer, my portraits went pretty viral. I have a few projects and expositions coming up that resulted from the global attention I got last year."

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Rogier Van Der Weyden - Portrait Of A Lady

Rogier Van Der Weyden - Portrait Of A Lady

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spirit wolf
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5 months ago

Don't even ask Giorgio Tsoukalos to explain this one.

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Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

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Joann Casey
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5 months ago

I see Ian McShane around the eyes

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"I get a lot of mail from people that want to know where to begin when they want to make similar portraits and I always tell them the easiest part is to just start working with apps like Artbreeder and other neural network-based utilities out there. There are already a couple of guys doing something very similar, quite successfully; some probably started at the same time as I did. My aim is to develop a personal signature which distinguishes me from the others. It's like in photography: Anyone can buy a great camera which takes razor-sharp images automatically, but how can you stand out from everyone else with the same equipment? I guess that is the hardest part: showing people who you are through any medium."

#18

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

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Abhainn
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5 months ago

Does he surf too?

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Caligula

Caligula

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PhotoJenic12
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5 months ago

Geoffrey

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Roman Emperor Caracalla

Roman Emperor Caracalla

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kjorn
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5 months ago

Andy Sirkis!

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Paintings By Ilya Yefimovich Repin

Paintings By Ilya Yefimovich Repin

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Paizleypie
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5 months ago

Adrien Brody-ish.

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Isabella Brant

Isabella Brant

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Martin Kaine
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5 months ago

Meryl Streep's slightly unhinged niece?

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Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

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ren bandong
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5 months ago

Looks the same to me.

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Jan Mankes

Jan Mankes

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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5 months ago

DJ Qualls?

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Imma

Imma

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Sinkvenice
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5 months ago

Does anyone know who this is?

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Snow White

Snow White

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kjorn
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5 months ago

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Abhainn
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5 months ago (edited)

what is he smelling that's so bad? I feel judged.

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Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Banks

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Rebel
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5 months ago

Looks like Mike (from breaking bad)

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Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring

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Candice Lewis
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5 months ago

This one and the Mona Lisa literally just look like the paintings.

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