This Artist Gave Famous Paintings Realistic Faces Using Neural Networks (7 Pics)

Published 4 years ago

The rapidly-advancing neural network technology is unlocking unique and interesting means of creating art almost every day. It already allows us to do incredible things like mix different photos to create new art or turn doodles into incredible landscapes, and just recently, artist Denis Shiryaev demonstrated how it can be used to create realistic faces of people in famous paintings.

To make the recreations more realistic, Denis “borrowed” the facial expressions of a few YouTube and TikTok users. Even though the artist himself agrees that the faces might not be entirely historically accurate, he says that creating them was “a fun thing to do”. Check out Denis’s attempts to create realistic versions of people in famous paintings below!

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Leonardo da Vinci – Mona Lisa (1503–1506)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

Mona Lisa is a portrait painted by the famous Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. It was created in 1503 and has been kept in the Louvre Museum since 1797. This painting is famous all over the world and it would be very hard to find a person that knows nothing about it.

Leonardo da Vinci – Lady with an Ermine (1489-1490)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

It is said that The Lady with an Ermine is a portrait of a beautiful woman named Cecilia Gallerani, who was the favorite mistress of the married Duke Ludovico Sforza, the Duke who was da Vinci’s patron and champion for 18 years, and had the nickname of “the white ermine.”

Sandro Botticelli – The Birth of Venus (1485-1486)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

Painted by Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, the Birth of Venus is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Created somewhere between 1485–1486, it still remains one of the most beautiful pieces of art. The painting depicts the Roman goddess Venus emerging from the sea.

Frida Kahlo – Self-portrait (1940)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

Frida Kahlo was a famous painter from Mexico, known for her self-portraits. Her work was inspired by nature as well as the artifacts and traditions of Mexico. In her art, she explored questions of identity, gender, class, and race roles in Mexico.

Rembrandt van Rijn – The Night Watch (1642)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

The Night Watch is a 1642 painting by Rembrandt van Rijn showing the Militia Company of District II under the command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq.

Grant Wood – American Gothic (1930)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

American Gothic is a painting created by Grant Wood in 1930. The painting depicts simple farmers posing for a portrait. These farmers are actually just the sister and dentist of Grant Wood standing in front of a simple farmhouse.

Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a painting created in 1665 by a Dutch painter named Johannes Vermeer.

See the whole process of creating the portraits in the video below

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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