Being born in the modern age, we often forget how different things were before us. People could only know what someone looked like based on an artist's subjective vision or a grainy black-and-white photo. Despite the efforts of the artists, paintings can rarely achieve the level of realism that pictures can. And thus, people often wonder how some of the most famous historical figures really looked with all of the subjectiveness removed from the image. Bas Uterwijk, a photographer from Amsterdam who has a background in computer graphics, 3D animation, and special effects, slowly but surely tries to provide the answer to this aching question.

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Statue Of Liberty

Statue Of Liberty

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Dawn Adams
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2 months ago

A powerful looking woman. I wouldn't mess with her if I were you.

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He started in 2019. After experimenting with Billy the Kid's photograph and seeing positive results, Uterwijk decided to try and recreate someone who lived in an era where there were no photographs. He tried Napoleon, but didn't want to share the results because they were "nice, but not perfect." About a few months ago, he came back to Napoleon and tried it once again. "The software I work with is developing fast," he thought, so he figured trying it at a later time might bring better results. You can see how his "current" Napoleon turned out in the picture below.

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Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

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Elaine Dodge
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2 months ago

I love how the only thing in focus here is his eyes!

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Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Roody
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2 months ago

A real Egyptian beauty

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Here's what he told Bored Panda: "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."

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David (Michelangelo)

David (Michelangelo)

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 months ago

But truthfully, who is looking at his face.

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Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

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Avriel Schwartz
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2 months ago

This reconstruction looks far too European. Genetically he would have looked closer to a Sephardi Jew from the Middle East.

Mimi M
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2 months ago

This guy could def pass for Middle-Eastern.

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Stille20
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2 months ago

That looks like Lin Manuel Miranda lin-manuel...070815.jpg lin-manuel-miranda-kids-5efa5c9070815.jpg

Blue of the yams (They/He)
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2 months ago

Lin is Jesus!

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Genevieve Warner
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2 months ago

I was told by my mother that Jesus looks different in everyone's eyes

Mary Ellen Nissley
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2 months ago

Looks like what a European Renaissance painter would have used for a model. But Jesus was thoroughly Jewish. Probably of more diminutive stature, darker complected, and with a longer beard... probably jet-black hair. And those eyes... nope. He had snap. He freed all the animals and threw the cheatin' money-changers out of the temple and overthrew their tables, remember?

Elijah Snow
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2 months ago

If he existed at all.

Zophra
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2 months ago

He's wearing too much eye makeup...

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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2 months ago

He sort of looks like Lin-Manuel Miranda

Jenna Lanham
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2 months ago

he looks like Lin‑Manuel Miranda

April Simnel
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2 months ago

OK, this looks like Lin-Manuel Miranda.

@Daisychain
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2 months ago (edited)

Edit: You guys are right. sorry. :)

SuperUnicorn47
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2 months ago

there was a little girl named Akiane Kramarik who went to heaven, saw Jesus, and came back and painted him at age 4. Both her parents were athiests jesus-5f02...2baac3.jpg jesus-5f0246e2baac3.jpg

John Field
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2 months ago

Kenny Loggins?

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Jane W.
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2 months ago

No photos or paintings were done of Jesus, as far as we know. So what was the artist drawing on here?

Tammy Furloni
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2 months ago

I picture him with darker skin with more middle eastern features (sorry if I offend)

Matteo Durasevic
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2 months ago

You didn’t offend me ;)

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Dave
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2 months ago

There is no proof that the man existed, even less about how he looked.

Edgar Rops
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2 months ago

Looks... ordinary for that part of the world. Which is the point, arguably. You are not supposed to recognise the Maker of Heaven and Earth unless you pay very close attention.

Amber Sanders Amlie
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2 months ago (edited)

Y’all are arguing and all I can do is wipe my tears. I was raised to know Jesus, but not the judgmental one others preach of. Jesus has the kindest eyes and this man’s eyes speaks volumes to me. Jesus loved ALL: gays, orphans, widows, adulterers, outcasts, no one was shunned. Stop listening to the evangelicals, GOD AND JESUS LOVES THE GAYS.

Paulo Lopes
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2 months ago

My grandparents were from Lebanon and had clear eyes and skin. It is difficult to say what the face of Jesus was.

Blue of the yams (They/He)
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2 months ago

Kind eyes!

ArhomR
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2 months ago

He has soulful eyes.

Christine Ladyman
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2 months ago

Such beautiful eyes.

miss miss
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2 months ago

Beautiful

Rudy Garcia
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2 hours ago

Jesus was an ethnic Jew, not Arab or Black or Egyptian. I think this portrait is very good.

Ratna Mukerji
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1 month ago

If Jesus was from Nubia,he would be far darker

Avery Day
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2 months ago

Nope. Still too European. Back to the drawing board, white man.

Mei-Lin Po
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2 months ago

I'm wondering what images or information were used for creating this?

MammaG
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2 months ago

He looks like whatever you imagine, hence, imaginary.

sharron lynn parsons
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2 months ago

Looks similar to others I have seen !!!

Kathi Keegan Chang
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2 months ago

Thankfully, NO blue eyes since he likely had a brown, "searching" smile. I agree with Avriel Schwartz's comment, below. Still, an amazing rendition.

Christopher Harper
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2 months ago

yeah, RIGHT!! LOL

Olga G
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2 months ago (edited)

The artist used something as the basis - a sculpture or a picture, interesting what was used here?

Olga G
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2 months ago

My best guess is Eastern orthodox icon - Christ Pantocrator 387810581-...20ad58.jpg 387810581-5f07f4720ad58.jpg

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Adele Maestranzi
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2 months ago

Looks a bit like Lin Manuel-Miranda.

Anton Kider
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2 months ago

He could be a Spanish gypsy

Barbara Pinkerton
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2 months ago

Of course he was middle eastern. Duh.

Spaced out boblehead
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2 months ago

ur insulting christ yeh didnt even know wat he looks like unless, your 2,023 yrs old the spectres come again.

Collin Edward
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2 months ago

Lin Manuel-Miranda? Anybody else see it?

Lehte Rabago
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2 months ago

Lin Manuel Miranda

IrishGirl
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2 months ago

kinda looks like Lin-Manuel Miranda

Elaine Mattingly
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2 months ago

Pleasant. kind, reassuring to those who believe, a comfort a painting done by showing emotion instead of opinion. I love it.

Matteo Durasevic
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2 months ago

This ( as a Catholic) is so amazing. This looks like a photo of the lord! 😃

Nez Rueada
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2 months ago

Jesus spoke Aramaic so I believe he really looks quite Arabic

Ellen Brown
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2 months ago

But Jesus was Black!

Matteo Durasevic
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2 months ago

No lol

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Jana Mašić
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2 months ago

Nose 🙂

Anna Repp
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2 months ago

Yeah, right!

Aimee Simmons
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2 months ago

The reason all the paintings looked so feminine is that almost all of the men of the time were either working their asses off elsewhere, or were off to war. They had women posing for the paintings.

Steve LaRose
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2 months ago

Jesus didn't shave so this is wrong. Beard would be much longer

Cindy Bangart
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2 months ago

Thought he was supposed to have darker skin. This white girl thinks Jesus was dark skinned/black.

Sharon Vaughn
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2 months ago

I like this better than the popular painting done in sienna.

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
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2 months ago

Prove it ?

Owin Owin
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2 months ago

Jesus Christ was from the middle eastern nation to be precise, modern-day Palestine 🇵🇸.

Peter Mullins
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2 months ago

What's Lin Manuel Miranda doing there?

Wendy Ron
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2 months ago

Anyone else see Lynn Manuel Miranda?

Diego Danila
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2 months ago

He looks more of Obama Bin Laden

Diego Danila
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2 months ago

He looks like Obama Bin Laden!

Jackie Nelson
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2 months ago

looks like Lin-Manuel Miranda

Olvia Damen
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2 months ago

NO!

Aaron Concha
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2 months ago

well, he looks better in braids

Richard Morgan
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2 months ago

...looks middle eastern-ish to me, definitely the large beautiful middle eastern eyes & the a larger distinctly shaped middle eastern nose, looks impressively believable for sure, good job !

Kim
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2 months ago

Looks legit.

Gary B Sasin
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2 months ago

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O Jackson
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2 months ago

Cool

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2 months ago

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Cal Capone
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2 months ago

that's if the guy even existed

Carole Reid
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2 months ago

Mythology strikes again.

Podunkus
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2 months ago

Excellent likeness. This compares favorably with the actual photos of Jesus from the Vatican’s archives. Of course, they only had monochrome emulsions way back then, so the colorizing is subject to some spirited Theological debate. (But seriously, yeah, this looks a lot like LMM.)

Su Earl
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2 months ago

"actual" photos of Jesus? the camera must've been invented way earlier than I thought...

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Signe Manat Hansen
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2 months ago

It's Tan France's long lost brother!

Douglas Campbell
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2 months ago

His face was fuller.

Avriel Schwartz
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2 months ago

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/reconstructing-jesus-using-science-flesh-out-face-religion-004942

Douglas Campbell
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2 months ago

Yes. But both faces look Middle Eastern.

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Catlady6000
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2 months ago

I do wonder what he based this one on, aside from possible genetics (Jesus was born Jewish, yes it says so in the Bible). However there are few, if any, accounts of his actual appearance, and there are a LOT of different artists images

CzechPanda
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2 months ago

87264971_j...us_bbc.jpg 87264971_jesus_bbc.jpg this is probably more accurate

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Cristina Sacchi
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2 months ago

🖤

Angela Coker
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2 months ago

Looks like Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Johanne Trudeau
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2 months ago

At least they are closer to the correct color of skin...

Jon Lyksett
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2 months ago

At least he doesn’t have blue eyes like usually portrayed in evangelical American (read white) churches.

Sue Sanders
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2 months ago

Except for his lips, he strongly resembles my former son-in-law, from Morocco.

Patzpie
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2 months ago

He looks like Lin Manuel Miranda

Mini
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2 months ago

i would have imagined he had curly hair for some reason

Chris Cochran
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2 months ago

Hey, this is a photo of Lin-Manuel Miranda ...

Diane Westin
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2 months ago

The Bible said he was a rather ugly man that no one where look at twice. And yes he was a Jew.

Ma Kolb
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2 months ago

This portrait is better than the lily white renditions so often shown!

Kate
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2 months ago

Lin Manuel Miranda.

Jus
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2 months ago

I just hate it when they paint Jesus with long hair. It was impossible for him to have long hair AND drink or touch wine. And he did drink. Sorry, not historical. But I love men with long hair in real life.

Something
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2 months ago

Why would it be impossible for him to have long hair and drink or touch wine?

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Amber Gauger
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2 months ago

He looks a touch like Lin-Manuel Miranda

Diane Campbell
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2 months ago

Looks like Lin-Manuel Miranda.

ktdidit
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2 months ago

I am pretty sure this guy sold me weed in high school.

Leo H
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2 months ago

Agreed they already did the special on what jesus most likely looked like...amd it isnt this dude

KARIN HOWARD
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2 months ago

a lot darker man

Steve Barker
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2 months ago

Could be.......although his hair would NEVER have been that long.

Beanie Culley
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2 months ago

An anthropology team did a reconstruction of what Jesus would have looked like and it was nothing like that..He probably had short hair and was likely to have been clean shaven for a start. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35120965

Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
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2 months ago

Whaaaaat? I thought Jesus was a white American!

Stannous Flouride
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2 months ago

Almost all representations of Jesus "mysteriously" resemble the artist's sponsor or ruler. In 2001 forensic anthropologist Richard Neave created a model of a Galilean man for a BBC documentary, Son of God, working on the basis of an actual skull found in the region. He did not claim it was Jesus's face. It was simply meant to prompt people to consider Jesus as being a man of his time and place, since we are never told he looked distinctive. https://images.app.goo.gl/hwBjdtxbWGoapHCV7 87264971_j...fd1b0d.jpg 87264971_jesus_bbc-5efc1a4fd1b0d.jpg

Tiny Dynamine
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2 months ago

This is the only bad one because he never existed.

IwiLLsTeaLyOuRsoUl
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2 months ago

there is scientific proof that he existed. He's an actual historical figure, search it up if u want to.

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Gerry Higgins
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2 months ago

Looks more like Charles Manson

Eric Mac Fadden
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He's kinda Bin Laden's relative.... and it's more true than some European Renascence handy painter....

matthew owen
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yeah, cos there were loads of white blokes wandering around the middle east being Jewish back then....

Nia Loves Art
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2 months ago

He looks Middle Eastern in this picture, he just doesn’t fit your stereotypes.

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They whitewashed jesus.

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He started experimenting with creating images by using generative adversarial neural networks, because he thinks it will one day be the "successor to photography." "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."

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Napoleon

Napoleon

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JD Lee
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2 months ago

He could pass for the owner of any fast food franchise in Utah.

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Rembrandt

Rembrandt

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SomeNorthernLass
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2 months ago

Kinda looks like Gary Oldman.

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Billy The Kid

Billy The Kid

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Dawn Adams
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2 months ago

Looks like a teenager with a bad attitude.

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Artbreeder, Bas's program of choice, uses artificial intelligence and neural networks to create near-photorealistic images based on his input combined with what it knows about how faces look and how light behaves in photography. "I try to do everything as procedural as possible and let the AI do the most work, but sometimes I need to cheat a little in Photoshop because these GANs don't do clothes or classical hairstyles yet."

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Frankenstein's Monster

Frankenstein's Monster

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Titas Burinskas
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2 months ago

Looks like a mix of Jeremy Irons and Lou Reed

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Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

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jevais
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2 months ago

A true Italian renaissance beauty.

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Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli

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Elaine Dodge
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2 months ago

Oh yeah, he's planning mischief!

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"Although I see my creations more as artistic impressions than as scientifically justified, in some cases, the results for me feel much closer to reality than most other methods that are used in reconstructions of people so far," Bas expressed. They say that a portrait artist's main goal isn't getting the little details right, but capturing the "essence" of the person's character. Do you think Bas has managed to achieve that? Tell us in the comments!

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Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Very beautiful.

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#13

George Washington

George Washington

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O Jackson
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2 months ago

He should be the president of the United states.

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Fayum Mummy Portraits

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Eulalie Grace
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2 months ago

I love Fayum Mummy portraits. Very Romanesque - because they were. So much like the portraits found in Pompeii

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Fayum Mummy Portraits

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Embarrassed to find him so attractive. Looks like family.

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Doomguy

Doomguy

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Soro Doeth
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2 months ago

Frazier, is that you?

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Elizabeth I, Queen Of England

Elizabeth I, Queen Of England

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Jordan Westall
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2 months ago

It doesn’t look like the artist did anything different from the original painting

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Jan Van Eyck

Jan Van Eyck

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BingeFest1
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2 months ago

Tobey Maguire's long lost brother

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Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

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Norma
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2 months ago

Could be your next door neighbor...

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Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine)

Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine)

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Al Jones
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2 months ago

This one is real creepy

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