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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8 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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8 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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Thai Ya Ya
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8 months ago

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Beyonce

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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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Pablo Simmo
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8 months ago

Handsome man

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Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

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Cristina Sacchi
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8 months ago

🖤

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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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 months ago

Very beautiful.

Xavier Pendragon
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8 months ago

I've seen some different discussions about what color skin the ancient Egyptians actually had. I believe they always painted themselves as red or yellow

Melody Iaconetti
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7 months ago

Seeing some of the portraits from near Alexandria, it seems they had a whole range of skin stones and ethnic backgrounds.

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Kathy Matthews
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7 months ago

can´t help but feel like she´s about to burst in laughter

Sacco Belmonte
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8 months ago

this one looks like "la chilindrina" (Maria Antonieta de las Nieves)

Mandy Davis
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7 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous

sharron lynn parsons
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7 months ago

So lovely, but eyes too dark !!!

Olga G
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7 months ago

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Alexandra Kinias
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7 months ago

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MacDudu
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7 months ago

They all look middle Eastern, these people were Africans. I expect they looked more like Ethiopians and Eritreans than the fairer skinned peoples who inhabited Egypt long afterwards

Elaine Mattingly
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7 months ago

I have a secret. A wonderful secret.

Johanne Trudeau
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7 months ago

Another beauty!!

Country Nana
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8 months ago

Weren't they Greek?

Fred and George Weasley
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8 months ago

she looks tired

Bettye McKee
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8 months ago

Yeah, well, she's a mummy.

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AndyR
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7 months ago

Reminds me of a young Meera Syal.

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George Washington

George Washington

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Aski Markup
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8 months ago

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Washigton? Lol

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Fayum Mummy Portraits

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Eulalie Grace
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8 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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Elaine Dodge
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8 months ago

Hey! It's Big John from The Chosen!

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Doomguy

Doomguy

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Soro Doeth
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8 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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8 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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Elaine Dodge
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8 months ago

I worked with a guy who looks EXACTLY like this.

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Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

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April Simnel
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8 months ago

I'll bet a lot of dudes were after him as a young man.

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Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine)

Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine)

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JD Lee
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8 months ago

Love child of Zuckerberg & Gates

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