Artist Shows How Roman Emperors Looked In Real Life By Using Facial Reconstruction, AI, And Photoshop

If you’ve ever set foot in a museum of Greek and Roman art, you’ve probably seen the rows of tranquil-looking concrete busts. They do, however, have no pupils in the eyes, lack any sort of color, and in general, get kinda repetitive after the third and fourth display hall.

But the artist named Haround Binous is bringing the dusty emperors back to life in a series of hyper-realistic illustrations. The guy from Université de Lausanne, Switzerland is combining facial recognition AI, Photoshop, and historical references to revive all the Roman emperors, from Augustus to Valentinian III.

The result is so precise and true to life, these ancient dudes with luscious curls and sun-kissed tans could easily pass as A-list Hollywood actors off duty. I mean, look at Augustus—is that you, Daniel Craig?

More info: Facebook | Instagram#1 

Augustus

Augustus

Haroun Binous Report49pointsPOST

Ani Archeron6 days ago

its like a mix of jeremy renner and daniel craig17ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

Galba

Galba

Haroun Binous Report45pointsPOST

Brandy Dor6 days ago

Resting Bi+<h face!4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

Philip II

Philip II

Haroun Binous Report43pointsPOST

Deson5 days ago

What throws me off is you can see the pupils on the sculpture. The eyes in the CGI don’t match the location of the sculpture.13ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Turning cold emperors’ stones into hyperreal flesh may seem like a mission impossible. But with the help of today’s machine learning technologies, images can be reconstructed and brought to life in colorful illustrations.

This is what Haroun has done for his Roman emperor recreations. With the help of AI, Photoshop, and historical references, he came up with these hyperrealistic illustrations giving us a glimpse of how great Roman emperors like Caius Julius Cæsar Germanicus and Nero looked in real life.#4 

Nero

Nero

Haroun Binous Report40pointsPOST

sbj6 days ago

Looks like Prince Harry has gained a bit of weight due to the lock down22ReplyView more commentshttps://39a7abab667053a521b6439f3c347194.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#5 

Philip The Arab

Philip The Arab

Haroun Binous Report33pointsPOST

Martha Meyer6 days ago

The nose and mouth look completely different.24ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

Gordian II

Gordian II

Haroun Binous Report31pointsPOST

Annette Herr2 days ago

This is the most similar. The others are way off.3ReplyView more comments

Haroun Binous said he used “superposition and simultaneous comparison” techniques that “allowed me to arrive at these faces.”But the facial features are just one part of the job. 

In order to get hold of the textures and colors, Haroun researched original historical sources. “Eyes, hair, and colors were based on quotes from Suetonius,” he wrote.#7 

Caligula

Caligula

Haroun Binous Report30pointsPOST

Kathryn Baylis5 days ago

Doesn’t look petulant enough.3ReplyView more comments#8 

Domitian

Domitian

Haroun Binous Report28pointsPOST

Kathryn Baylis5 days ago

Got the lips wrong,20ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#9 

Trajan

Trajan

Haroun Binous Report27pointsPOST

Miss Cris6 days ago

Not very similar to the sculpture…4ReplyView more comments

In reality, it’s not entirely clear how accurate the emperors’ busts are to begin with since our best evidence of how they looked are the busts themselves. However, we do perceive them as roughly accurate, since we now know that stylistically, the Romans preferred realism in their sculpture dating back to the Republican period.

Other than busts, historical sources do reveal a thing or two about the people of the Roman Empire. The Roman historian Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, for example, who wrote during the early Imperial era, described some of the emperors in his notes.#10 

Tiberius

Tiberius

Haroun Binous Report26pointsPOST

Jonny Chevalier2 days ago

Mouth off as is farhead3ReplyView more comments#11 

Gordian III

Gordian III

Haroun Binous Report26pointsPOST

Miss Cris6 days ago

Where’s the litle hole on his chin?14ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

Tacitus

Tacitus

Haroun Binous Report26pointsPOST

Jonny Chevalier2 days ago

Sculpture’s face looks more like Alec Guinness.1ReplyView more comments

According to Christies, Suetonius was very receptive to physiognomic thinking and “may have been swayed by them in his description of the fearsome appearance of Caligula.” He was presented as the epitome of arbitrary cruelty and immoral excesses that was reflected in his description of Caligula’s face.

On the other side of the opposite extreme, there was a fair share of heroic idealization of the most powerful men and it’s likely that their busts have done some justice to their looks. Who knows—maybe some of the most breathtaking busts have undergone an ancient equivalent of airbrushing? That, we may never know.#13 

Hadrian

Hadrian

Haroun Binous Report25pointsPOST

sbj6 days ago

Well, after all, he built that wall to last10ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Haroun Binous Report25pointsPOST

D-m Keilman6 days ago

I’m seeing a lot of Hyde from that 70s show in the bust.4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

Claudius Gothicus

Claudius Gothicus

Haroun Binous Report25pointsPOST

Jeremi Colvin3 days ago

Dude kinda resembles Jerry Falwell Jr. (before the trouble) falwell-12…6-jpeg.jpg0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#16 

Vitellius

Vitellius

Haroun Binous Report24pointsPOST

Andrew Gibb6 days ago

John Goodman?5ReplyView more comments#17 

Lucius Verus

Lucius Verus

Haroun Binous Report20pointsPOST

boredpanDaman6 days ago

the sculpture is all curly, the end result is not… pfff, im dissapointed6ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

Commodus

Commodus

Haroun Binous Report20pointsPOST

Catlady60006 days ago

Love the goofy sculpture15ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

Diocletian

Diocletian

Haroun Binous Report20pointsPOST

Kathryn Baylis5 days ago(edited)

Total miss. Doesn’t look anything like the statue.15ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

Gordian I

Gordian I

Haroun Binous Report19pointsPOST

boredpanDaman6 days ago

his knot!!2ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

Theodosius I

Theodosius I

Haroun Binous Report19pointsPOST

Ava Suri6 days ago

Hair needs to be curlier, lips fuller9ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

Claudius

Claudius

Haroun Binous Report18pointsPOST

Elak Swindell5 days ago

Eyes are wrong. Need to be close set like the original bust. That is an important feature.8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#23 

Antoninus Pius

Antoninus Pius

Haroun Binous Report18pointsPOST

T Simmons5 days ago

Zuckerberg?!-2ReplyView More Replies…#24 

Valerian

Valerian

Haroun Binous Report18pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

The chin is really off3ReplyView more comments#25 

Caracalla

Caracalla

Haroun Binous Report17pointsPOST

Elak Swindell5 days ago

CGI face is too wide.4ReplyView more comments#26 

Maximinus Thrax

Maximinus Thrax

Haroun Binous Report17pointsPOST

Kathryn Baylis5 days ago

Hope he didn’t name his daughter Anne. Ba dum tss.14ReplyView more comments#27 

Maximian

Maximian

Haroun Binous Report16pointsPOST

boredpanDaman6 days ago

the statue looks chinese3ReplyView more comments#28 

Titus

Titus

Haroun Binous Report15pointsPOST

Miss Cris6 days ago

The pic face look less human than the sculpture!7ReplyView more comments#29 

Nerva

Nerva

Haroun Binous Report15pointsPOST

Kathryn Baylis5 days ago

Not a match at all.12ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

Otho

Otho

Haroun Binous Report11pointsPOST

Wolfik6 days ago

Not even close.10ReplyView more comments

Note: this post originally had 69 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Follow Bored Panda on Google News!125 Liucija AdomaiteWriter, BoredPanda staff

Liucija Adomaite is a creative mind with years of experience in copywriting. She has a dynamic set of experiences from culture, advertising, academia, and journalism. Liucija received her Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from Leiden University. Before that, she studied at Goldsmiths, University of London which is famous for its progressive vision on contemporary cultures. She has set out on a journey to investigate the ways in which we communicate ideas on a large scale. Her current mission is to find a magic formula for how to make ideas, news, and other such things spread like a virus.

For More Information About This Blog Post, Click Here!

1 thought on “Artist Shows How Roman Emperors Looked In Real Life By Using Facial Reconstruction, AI, And Photoshop

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.