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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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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Fayum Mummy Portraits

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Roody
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1 month 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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1 month ago

But truthfully, who is looking at his face.

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#5

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

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Avriel Schwartz
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1 month ago

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

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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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

A true Italian renaissance beauty.

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Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli

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Elaine Dodge
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1 month 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

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

Very beautiful.

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#13

George Washington

George Washington

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O Jackson
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

Titas Burinskas
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1 month ago

Here's a comparison. It might be so because Queen Elizabeth I era paintings have just discovered stereoscopic methods. Paintings from that era are known to look really flat. The information that the neural networks drew from was sort of 'flawed.' Untitled-5...a1-png.jpg Untitled-5-5efae00b1dca1-png.jpg

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Mairlady
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1 month ago

That lace collar looks scratchy looking, not my style!

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

If I wore that I would be a panic attack waiting to happen.

Randy Klefbeck
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1 month ago

Henry the VIII's daughter. Looks just like him but a little thinner and no beard.

Jonathan Schoonbroodt
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1 month ago

Looks to be quite frustrated about something....probably being a virgin

EA
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1 month ago (edited)

Spitting image of her father, would be interesting to see more royal portraits

Susan Frank
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3 weeks ago

I'll get you my pretty and your little dog too!

Seabeast
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1 month ago

She had terrible skin from applying white lead and red mercury cosmetics to it for years. So she should be pockmarked from that.

MacDudu
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1 month ago

Her mouth was like that because her teeth had rotted away, she had to pad her cheeks with leather towards the end. Hygiene was unheard of in Europe during her time.

Lark
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1 month ago

She had smallpox at 30, so nope. Wore heavy lead makeup to cover the pox marks.

Mary Ellen Nissley
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1 month ago

Poor thing. Her laces are too tight.

Nez Rueada
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1 month ago

My, hair face and chin s really long, but she a very smart

Barb Braun
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1 month ago

I read that important women of that time plucked the hair on their forehead because a high hairline was considered attractive.

Jonathan M
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1 month ago

Perhaps, but smallpox left her facially scarred and half bald. She relied on makeup and wigs thereafter.

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Suzanne Haigh
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1 month ago

Did not realize she had a bent nose.

Tammy Furloni
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1 month ago

Hey eyes look opportunity dead.

Olvia Damen
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1 month ago

Long face

Kate
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1 month ago

Shelley Duvall.

CatWoman312
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1 month ago

You forgot lots of rouge

JessG
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1 month ago

Well, this is only ONE painting interpretation

Jana Mašić
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1 month ago

Hard one to do...she was really ugly..

Laura Rudgers
Community Member
3 weeks ago

She could not have been - her mother, Anne Boleyn, was one of the most beautiful women at court, and her father, Henry VIII in his youth was athletic (fit) and handsome. At least, Elizabeth was probably very attractive, or pretty, until she was marred by pox scars. I think she was prettier than this painting portrayed her.

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Jan Van Eyck

Jan Van Eyck

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BingeFest1
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1 month ago

Tobey Maguire's long lost brother

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Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

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Norma
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1 month 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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1 month ago

This one is real creepy

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