Artist Recreates 21 Photorealistic Images Of Famous Historical And Popular Characters

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. About a year ago, he started experimenting with creating images by using neural networks that are trained on a huge variety of human faces. 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.

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Napoleon

Napoleon

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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 pictures below.

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!#2 

Statue Of Liberty

Statue Of Liberty

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Jesus Christ, Based On Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”

Jesus Christ, Based On Leonardo Da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi"

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Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

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Elaine Dodge  22 minutes ago

I love how the only thing in focus here is his eyes!reply#5 

Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

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David (Michelangelo)

David (Michelangelo)

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Billy The Kid

Billy The Kid

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Rembrandt

Rembrandt

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Fayum Mummy Portraits

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Doomguy

Doomguy

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Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli

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Elaine Dodge  24 minutes ago

Oh yeah, he’s planning mischief!reply#12 

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

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sowisa babyluv  18 minutes ago

Frankenstein’s monster?replyView more comments#13 

Jan Van Eyck

Jan Van Eyck

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Elaine Dodge  25 minutes ago

I worked with a guy who looks EXACTLY like this.reply#14 

Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine)

Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine)

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Fayum Mummy Portraits

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Elaine Dodge  25 minutes ago

Hey! It’s Big John from The Chosen!reply#16 

Fayum Mummy Portraits

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

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ADHORTATOR  7 minutes ago

hmm, I think there are many photos of Andy Warhol—-reply#18 

Fayum Mummy Portraits

Fayum Mummy Portraits

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Elizabeth I, Queen Of England

Elizabeth I, Queen Of England

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George Washigton

George Washigton

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Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

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