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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4 months ago

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

CaptainDinosaur
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4 months ago

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! (sorry, I need something to cheer about lately)

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April Simnel
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4 months ago

Supposedly, the statue's face is that of the sculptor Francois Bartholdi's mother, Augusta.

Anna Buck Combs
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4 months ago

I was just thinking it would be really neat to have a photo of her to compare to this. This is actually a beautiful woman.

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Ben Woodward
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4 months ago

So. This is an artistic interpretation of what 'Libertas' (the Roman Goddess of Freedom) would look like if they were a person. It's very impressive and strikes me of Italian descent for sure. To any readers of the USA; the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France for welcoming migrants to the new world following success in the civil war. Really makes you think where you were back then and where you are now huh?

Matteo Durasevic
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4 months ago

It wasn’t a gift for welcoming migrants. It was for usa’s 100 th birthday. Please check you info. Before typing thx 😊

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Layla Corman
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4 months ago

She's really beautiful!

Lorraine R
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4 months ago

Mais oui --she's French.

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Juanita Weed
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4 months ago

A Grecian goddess

Mairlady
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4 months ago

Incredibly beautiful face. I can see why they would use her for the Statue of Liberty

Sammy Samson
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4 months ago

Beautiful woman!!!!!

MN “MN Female” Female
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4 months ago

This looks like Kate Winslet!

Barbara Pinkerton
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4 months ago

Modeled after the sculptors mother.

Caroline Saunders
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4 months ago

I thought Isadora Duncan was the model for the Statue of Liberty

Mikal Du Preez
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4 months ago

Reminds me a bit of Kate Winslet

Lark
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4 months ago

The French sculptor modeled her after his mother.

Johanne Trudeau
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4 months ago

Very determined woman!!!

Joan Connorton
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4 months ago

looks like a Greek goddess~!

Jonathan Schoonbroodt
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4 months ago

Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, is that you?

Kathleen Sack
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4 months ago

Beautiful.

Alberto Curutchet
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4 months ago

Reminds me of Sadie from Red Red Redemption 2, which was a truly strong lady

Ma Kolb
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4 months ago

I think she looks like Kate Winslet!

Tammy Furloni
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4 months ago

So determined! I would LOVE to see her smile.

banana
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4 months ago

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Kate
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4 months ago

Dayum...

Jus
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4 months ago (edited)

Looks like young Madonna without makeup. Or Kate Winslet.

Arika Anjiro
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4 months ago

Beautiful!

Fred and George Weasley
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4 months ago

she looks so pretty

Shaikh Ali
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1 month ago

Wow. Awesome but from the look of her eyes , she looks deeply hurt and in pain. Indeed, her eyes do all the talking.

Avery Day
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4 months ago

Don't you dare tell Marianne to shave!

Kathi Keegan Chang
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4 months ago

Nice photo... however... it looks like part male/female to me. Still, it's a very interesting photo. Handsome male/female?

Antonella Rebello
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4 months ago

Love the expression, she looks like a strong nonsense type of lady. Also kind of looks mixed race.

Christopher Harper
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4 months ago

she was very pretty

Fred and George Weasley
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4 months ago

fun fact: the statue of liberty was originally made of copper (so was brown) but it turned green because of chemical reactions involving oxygen and pollution

Anton Kider
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4 months ago

Nice french lady ...

Miss Cris
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4 months ago

I was wondering who's that extremely beautiful and interesting ooking woman. Wow!!!

Mary Maddux
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4 months ago

She is beautiful and, yes, powerful

Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

Ellegant,confident,assured, prepared,aware that her decision could change history.

Cmilja Milosevic
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4 months ago

Kate Winslet?!

John Ebbert
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4 months ago

She's tough She's a Harbor Chick.

Carole Strawn
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4 months ago

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Christine Ladyman
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4 months ago

It's Salma Hayek...looking tough!

Jana Mašić
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4 months ago

I WONDERING ABOUT HER ROOTS..JUST CAUSE OF ANTROPOLOGY..

Jayaram Raman
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4 months ago

Eastern European... Slavic?

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Cindy Bangart
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4 months ago

Wow! She’s beautiful and means business!

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
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4 months ago

Sad. lost, dead eyes, nothing there !

Maureen Condon
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4 months ago

Beautiful. Probably a strong French woman , like Joan D’Arc

James Diamond
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4 months ago

Alpha Karen

Kim
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4 months ago

Looks middle eastern. Don’t tell trump. 🙈

Cal Capone
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4 months ago

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DEllenwood
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4 months ago

A handsome woman, betrayed by the government but still seeking to welcome and protect the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

I tried to up vote this but each time it shows down.....so UP on DEllenwood

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Leo H
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4 months ago

Kinda rough

matt love
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4 months ago

Still a little green around the gills

Melissa Wong
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4 months ago

Resting bitch face.

everybody_do_the_scarn
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4 months ago

did you know that the Statue of Liberty was originally an African-American woman, but when the French showed to the Americans, they turned it away and wanted a white woman instead? smh :(

Bord Hajahn
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4 months ago

Where is your source? It never was, if you read the captioning and mabey look it up, than you could avoid making a fool of yourself and looking like a deranged SJW.

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

I see her as looking more like Elvis Presley rather than Penelope Cruz.

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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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4 months 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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4 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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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Very beautiful.

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#13

George Washington

George Washington

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O Jackson
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

Could be your next door neighbor...

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#20

Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine)

Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine)

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Al Jones
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4 months ago

This one is real creepy

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