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.

More info: basuterwijk.com | Instagram | twitter.com

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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.

#2

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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#10

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!

Phunny Philosopher
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1 month ago

More than mischief. This is terrifying.

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MN “MN Female” Female
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1 month ago

This one looks like Christian Slater!!!

Vicky Reptile
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1 month ago

I was just thinking the same thing!

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Eulalie Grace
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1 month ago

He looks very - Machiavellian

ArhomR
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1 month ago (edited)

Sly, cunning fox. He wrote The Prince, a short book, but oh, so memorable.

Layla Corman
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1 month ago

Christian Slater!!

Kimberly Greenock
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1 month ago

This smirk makes me uncomfortable. Seriously uncomfortable.

Douglas Campbell
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1 month ago

Douche

jevais
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1 month ago

He was Brillant politicien and writer.

SashaAlexandra
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1 month ago

Looks like Christian Slater

Laura Rudgers
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2 weeks ago

was looking for this comment!

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Ivana
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1 month ago

I loved "The Prince". I was like, "That's right, life is brutal and terrible." LOL

Andrea Careless
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1 month ago

Why would you say that? He wrote about different kinds of government. Not just one in which "the end justifies the means."

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

That is one devilish (an unnerving) grin there.

John Doe
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1 month ago

OSP has a great video on this guy.

CelSlade
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1 month ago

I love how everyone thinks he's some evil mastermind, when he was just a clerk trying to get his job back by sucking up to a prince. And it didn't work.

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JD Lee
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1 month ago

No Loki, I am your father.

Amber Sanders Amlie
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1 month ago

Sinister, haunting, a little Norman Bates.

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

The artist sees more than most people and sees more colors than most people. I love his talent and insight.

John Baker
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1 month ago

Now there's a guy I wouldn't buy a used car from...

Johanne Trudeau
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1 month ago

The look of satisfaction after the deed is done...

Andreas Hoffmann
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1 month ago

Lokks a little bit like Berlusconi...

Chuck Healey
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1 month ago

I don't know whether I should love or fear this guy.

Sharon Vaughn
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1 month ago

What an imp.

Sue Sanders
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1 month ago

The classic "come on" look.

ktdidit
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1 month ago

he has that faint "love of choir boys" look.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 month ago

Martin Shkreli?

Pusfarm
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1 month ago

A bit. Except that I don't wish this guy's head to be held underwater indefinitely.

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SirPatTheCat
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1 month ago

f o r e h e a d

jevais
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1 month ago

He sure looks the part.

Andrea Careless
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1 month ago

Read the book. You don't know what you're talking about.

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Randy Klefbeck
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1 month ago

He looks just like the investment kid who bought all the shares of the diabetes drug, and then jacked the price up 750%.

c Fuller
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1 month ago

ah geez! He looks like that neighborhood kid who's always trying to get in the girls pants. Thinks he's really sly!

Patzpie
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1 month ago

Gavin Rossdale wannabe😂

David Burleyson
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1 month ago

Crazy Joe Davola

PaulV
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1 month ago

"Nick" - don't trust this guy.

Kate
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1 month ago

Michael Sheen.

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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

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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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#17

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

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#18

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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#20

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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