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

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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."

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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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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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#5

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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#11

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."

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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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#20

Roman Emperor Caracalla

Roman Emperor Caracalla

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kjorn
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5 months ago

Andy Sirkis!

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#21

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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#22

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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#23

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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#24

Jan Mankes

Jan Mankes

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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5 months ago

DJ Qualls?

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#25

Imma

Imma

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Sinkvenice
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5 months ago

Does anyone know who this is?

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#26

Snow White

Snow White

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kjorn
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5 months ago

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#27

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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#28

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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#29

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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