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Here’s How 20 Famous Historical And Fictional Figures ‘Really’ Looked Like (New Pics)

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Even though there are numerous paintings, drawings, and texts describing famous historical figures, there’s no real way of telling how they actually looked in person. However, Dutch artist Bas Uterwijk, aka Ganbrood, has the next best thing. Since 2019, the artist has been using artificial intelligence to create realistic versions of well-known historical figures, giving us a unique glimpse at how they might have really looked back in the day.

In a recent interview with Bored Panda, Bas said that despite his career path swaying in different directions over the years, his focus has always been on playing with realism and illusion. “Special effects, 3D animation, and video games all try to make fantasies plausible,” explained the artist. “Influenced by European comics, movies, and video games, I have experimented with most forms of visual storytelling.”

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#1 Nefertiti

Image source: ganbrood

#2 Akhenaten

Image source: ganbrood

Bas says that for him, working with classical art versus photography in neural networks 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,” explained the artist. “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.”

We’ve already featured some of the artist’s amazing works before, and now he’s back with even more new content – check it out below!

#3 Jesus Christ Based On Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Savior Of The World”

Image source: ganbrood

#4 Aphrodite (New Version)

Image source: ganbrood

 

#5 Cleopatra

Image source: ganbrood

#6 David By Michelangelo (New Version)

Image source: ganbrood

#7 William Shakespeare’s Juliet Capulet

Image source: ganbrood

#8 Apollo

Image source: ganbrood

#9 Tutankhamun

Image source: ganbrood

#10 Fayum Mummy Portrait (New Version)

Image source: ganbrood

#11 Lilith

Image source: ganbrood

#12 Elizabeth I (New Version)

Image source: ganbrood

#13 Queen Tia

Image source: ganbrood

#14 Mary Shelley

Image source: ganbrood

#15 Judith Jans Leyster

Image source: ganbrood

#16 Mona Lisa

Image source: ganbrood

#17 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Image source: ganbrood

#18 Idia

Image source: ganbrood

#19 Fayum Mummy Portrait (New Version)

Image source: ganbrood

#20 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Image source: ganbrood

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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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