Artist Lets Us Get A Glimpse Of What These 29 Famous Historical And Popular Figures ‘Really’ Looked Like (New Pics)

Bas Uterwijk is back on Bored Panda with more of his recreations (old post here)! Bas uses artificial intelligence to recreate paintings, statues, and many other things into a realistic portrait of what these historical figures could have looked like. Technology has come a long way, so if you’ve ever wondered what Mona Lisa, Van Gogh, or Shakespeare looked like in real life, this post is for you.

Bas has worked in CG animation and video games, but for about 14 years now, he’s devoted himself to documentaries and photography. He has a lot of experience with this type of technology. So when he started to experiment with recreations and AI, he found a new hobby and way to use the skills he gained through all those years. 

More info: Instagram | basuterwijk.com | twitter.com#1 

Jesus (New Version)

Jesus (New Version)

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PhotoJenic126 hours ago

So Jesus looks bit like Al Pacino.10ReplyView more comments

We got an interview with Bas and he told us about his work, himself, and many other things: “Although my career path has swayed in different directions, my focus has always been on playing with realism and illusion. Special effects, 3D animation, and video games all try to make fantasies plausible. Influenced by European comics, movies, and video games, I have experimented with most forms of visual storytelling.”#2 

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

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Dhukath3 hours ago

A ginger Benedict Cumberbatch?4ReplyView more comments#3 

Statue Of Liberty (New Version)

Statue Of Liberty (New Version)

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Allan Breum6 hours ago(edited)

Strange, if you took away the hair and added a laurel wreath, I swear she would look exactly like a young Julius Caesar…8

“Working with classical art versus photography in neural networks for me feels like the next step in depicting ourselves. Just as photography changed the shape of classical painting, techniques based on artificial intelligence will start influencing and inspiring art and (post-)photography. AI applications are developing at an incredible speed and it will influence almost all segments of our society. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in five or ten years, it will be possible to create moving, interactive three-dimensional characters with these techniques: super-realistic avatars that people are able to communicate within virtual surroundings.”#4 

Jacqueline Roque – Picasso’s Muse

Jacqueline Roque - Picasso's Muse

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Hooked5 hours ago

I don’t quite understand this. This is a person of whom photographs exist. It’s very easy to find out how she “really” looks (looked)10ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://230450f04200548ca1b77c07fa54fe41.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#5 

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel5 hours ago

He looks sneaky sneaky.6ReplyView more comments

“After working more than a decade in 3D animation, I was getting frustrated with the artificiality of it, so photography, for me, was a way to expand my horizons and investigation of what reality looks like: getting to know light and the way it behaves on materials, human faces, and how we perceive expressions in their smallest details.”#6 

Birth Of Venus

Birth Of Venus

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Candice Lewis6 hours ago

She looks like Drew Barrymore6ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#7 

Fayum Mummy Portrait

Fayum Mummy Portrait

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“Eventually, blood was thicker than water and I fell in love with generative adversarial networks. Recreating historical faces feels like being a detective in time. It blurs the line between realism and fantasy, between technique and creativity. That is an area I feel best.”#8 

Napoleon

Napoleon

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Losferatu6 hours ago

A pinch of Woody Harrelson6Replyhttps://230450f04200548ca1b77c07fa54fe41.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#9 

Venus De Milo

Venus De Milo

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𝕥𝕠𝕒𝕤𝕥2 hours ago

why the modern makeup?1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“I started out with some of the most iconic faces, but I am planning to bring to life a much more diverse crowd of people that might not always be remembered on the covers of history books, but were important nonetheless.”#10 

Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man

Leonardo's Vitruvian Man

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Allan Breum6 hours ago

An even angrier Mel Gibson..?13ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn

Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn

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Natalie Bohrteller2 hours ago

Reminds me of Gary Oldman for some reason.0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“Some creations take a couple of hours, others weeks. Van Gogh is one of my favorites, but also one of the most frustrating characters to work on. I think I have spent the most work on Vincent and I feel I will never be finished with him. Because of the many self-portraits and their dissimilarities, I can go on forever in imagining him.”#12 

Rogier Van Der Weyden – Portrait Of A Lady

Rogier Van Der Weyden - Portrait Of A Lady

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Pazuzu2 hours ago

looks like we know where those elongated skulls came from2Reply#13 

Alexander The Great

Alexander The Great

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Ludwig Michiel4 hours ago

A hint of Sean Penn here 🙂3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“Next to the historical recreations, I really love to work on completely made-up faces. For my audience, it sometimes is hard to see what they are looking at. Especially for people who are not familiar with the technical aspects of my work. That way, they don’t know how much is made up. It could be a photograph of someone they have never seen before. I aim to make these faces interesting enough so they captivate and intrigue the viewer, like in any good classical portrait.”#14 

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

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Ingrid1 hour ago

Should have been based on better aged other 16 century artists copies where she still has eyebrows0ReplyView more comments#15 

Tintin

Tintin

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Laana5 hours ago

Ohh,wow! I know where we can find a real Tintin! He is a friend of mine!2ReplyView more comments

“At the moment, I am working on different ways to enhance the resolution of my images because I love to see them really big on the wall of a living room or a museum. Three of my best images are being sold through a gallery at the moment. After Bored Panda put up my work last summer, my portraits went pretty viral. I have a few projects and expositions coming up that resulted from the global attention I got last year.”#16 

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

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Dorothy Parker4 hours ago

Stallone!0ReplyView more comments#17 

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

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Abhainn2 hours ago

Does he surf too?2ReplyView more comments

“I get a lot of mail from people that want to know where to begin when they want to make similar portraits and I always tell them the easiest part is to just start working with apps like Artbreeder and other neural network-based utilities out there. There are already a couple of guys doing something very similar, quite successfully; some probably started at the same time as I did. My aim is to develop a personal signature which distinguishes me from the others. It’s like in photography: Anyone can buy a great camera which takes razor-sharp images automatically, but how can you stand out from everyone else with the same equipment? I guess that is the hardest part: showing people who you are through any medium.”#18 

Aphrodite

Aphrodite

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Will Gaud1 hour ago

Are Aphrodite and Venus de Milo the same person?4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

Imma

Imma

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Sinkvenice6 hours ago

Does anyone know who this is?11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

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Losferatu6 hours ago

A dash of Nic Cage0ReplyView more comments#21 

Paintings By Ilya Yefimovich Repin

Paintings By Ilya Yefimovich Repin

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel5 hours ago

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Caligula

Caligula

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Geoffrey3ReplyView more comments#23 

Isabella Brant

Isabella Brant

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Steve R2 hours ago

“Why so serious?”1ReplyView more comments#24 

Roman Emperor Caracalla

Roman Emperor Caracalla

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Abhainn2 hours ago

the Human Pug…. JK!1ReplyView more comments#25 

Jan Mankes

Jan Mankes

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Ty Stratton-Quirk43 minutes ago

DJ Qualls?0ReplyView more comments#26 

Snow White

Snow White

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kjorn4 hours ago

earl-600ac…607435.jpg9ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Abhainn2 hours ago(edited)

what is he smelling that’s so bad? I feel judged.4Reply#28 

Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Banks

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Rebel6 hours ago

Looks like Mike (from breaking bad)11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring

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Candice Lewis6 hours ago

This one and the Mona Lisa literally just look like the paintings.23ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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