Using AI, This Dutch Artist Creates Stunningly Realistic Photo Portraits Of Famous Historical and Popular Figures

A Dutch artist is using modern technology to create realistic photo-style portraits of famous figures only depicted in paint and sculpture.  

This Dutch artist is using modern technology to create realistic photo-style portraits of famous figures only depicted in paint and sculpture, Bas Uterwijk, from Amsterdam, explained that he wanted to see if he could create realistic digital renderings of key faces in history, including Vincent Van Gogh and Napoleon. Also, he turned his talents to statues like Michelangelo’s David and the Statue of Liberty.

He uses a ‘deep-learning‘ software, called Artbreeder, which can create life-like images from scratch or based on a composite of different portraits. This software uses data points of common facial features and photographic qualities to make an image, Bas explained to Femail.  “I try to guide the software to a credible outcome. I think of my work more as artistic interpretations than scientifically or historically accurate,” Bas said. 

Bas uses Artbreeder, a ‘deep-learning’ software which can create life-like images from scratch or based on a composite of different portraits.

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#1 David (Michelangelo)

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Bas Uterwijk, from Amsterdam, can create likenesses of famous historical figures using ‘deep-learning’ technology. Pictured: The famous statue of David, by artist Michelangelo, at Florence’s Galleria dell’ Accademia in Italy, right: an AI-generated portrait of David shows what he would most likely have looked like

The artist, who has so far completed before 50 to 60 of the AI-generated images, said: “I work on many images at the same time, sometimes leaving them for weeks to pick them up later when I have new inspiration or have stumbled on additional source material.”

Bas said the challenge of his undertaking was to achieve near-perfect photo-realism while also staying true to the person’s likeness, as well as giving his models interesting expressions, “The software tends to drift to averages easily because of its nature, so for that last one I sometimes need some extra tricks and methods to get what I want.“. Right now, Bas is working on a model of Anne Frank: “There are several known photographs of her so I might make her older, at an age she never reached,” he said.  

#2 Vincent Van Gogh

ganbrood – The deep learning software used by Bas is able to create a realistic portrait of the Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, based on his own self-portraits in oil 

#3 Statue Of Liberty

ganbrood – Bas, who has also made  a realistic portrait of Lady Liberty, explained the challenge was to stay true to the person’s likeness as well as achieving the highest level of realism

The software uses data points – of common facial features and photographic qualities – to make an image, Bas explained to Femail.  

 ‘I try to guide the software to a credible outcome. I think of my work more as artistic interpretations than scientifically or historically accurate,’ Bas said. 

The artist, who has so far completed before 50 to 60 of the AI-generated images, said: ‘I work on many images at the same time, sometimes leaving them for weeks to pick them up later when I have new inspiration or have stumbled on additional source material.  

#4 Napoleon Bonaparte

ganbrood – The artist came back to his portrait of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte several times to achieve better results 

#5 “Billy the Kid”

ganbrood – He started working on this original picture of American outlaw Billy the Kid, left, to eventually obtain the portrait on the right 

#6 George Washington

ganbrood – The software was able to create the right picture of American president George Washington by generating data that learns from thousands of photographs of human faces  

Bas said the challenge of his undertaking was to achieve near-perfect photo-realism while also staying true to the person’s likeness, as well as giving his models interesting expressions. 

‘The software tends to drift to averages easily because of its nature, so for that last one I sometimes need some extra tricks and methods to get what I want,’ he explained. 

Currently, Bas is working on a model of Anne Frank: ‘There are several known photographs of her so I might make her older, at an age she never reached,’ he said.  

#7 Caracalla

ganbrood – Bas created some of the portraits from images of statues or busts, like the one of Roman emperor Caracalla on the left. After the software create a base image, the artist said he used additional tricks to add to the likeness of the image 

#8 Pearl Earring portrait by Johannes Vermeer

ganbrood – The AI model is able to reproduce a likeness of the portrait by adding details. The software generates these details by gathering data of photos of human faces. Pictured: The original Girl with a Pearl Earring portrait by Johannes Vermeer on the left, and the AI model on the right 

#9 Fayum Mummy

ganbrood – On the left, a portrait of a Fayum Mummy, which dates back to Roman Egypt. On the right, the AI version 

#10 Rembrandt Harmenszoon

ganbrood – Bas said he ‘guided’ the deep learning software to get the most credible outcome. Left: one of the last self-portraits of Rembrandt, on the right, a photo-realistic version 

#11 Niccolò Machiavelli

ganbrood – While the likeness of a portrait is down to the skill of the painter, this AI-portrait of Niccolo Machiavelli is down to data gathering and Bas’s artistic flair 

#12 Jesus of Nazareth

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#13 Sandro Botticelli

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#14 Fayum Mummy

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#15 “Doomguy”

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#16 Elizabeth I

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#17 Jan van Eyck

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#18 “Mona Lisa”

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Heart Soothing Stories That Will Make You Think Someone Has Cut Onions

We often have the chance to meet good-hearted people or we encounter the sweetest moments with someone or someone who does a very good deed to us. Or just the cases of humans being just humans might inspire and elevate our spirits. Thus is this collection Today we have chosen for you all some of the most emotional cases of people who run into the sweetest situations from others or they did it themselves.

Bellow, you have all that you need to soothe your heart. I advise every one of you to grab a tissue because someone is going to cut some onions right at night. Yes us Earthwonders we are cutting onions today!

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1. For those with golden heart

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My parents split when I was in first grade. My mom met my step-dad, mark when I was in second grade. We moved in with him by the time I was in 3rd we moved into his house. He treated my siblings and me as his own since day 1. He even would watch Gilmore Girls with me and my sister every afternoon. After my mom died when I was 16, Mark didn’t make us go live with our biological dad. He continued raising us as his own. He started out as my mom’s boyfriend and became my dad, my best friend, my go-to for advice.

Mark ended up working 3 jobs while having heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. He did everything he could to provide for my sister and me. He passed away 6 days before I graduated college in 2016. It’s been a few years but I still have trouble on Father’s Day. He could have ditched us when our mom died and we didn’t have enough income. But he didn’t. He was there fighting to put food on the table. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers who fight for their children.

2. In the name of his angel brother.

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3. This Little Fella After Winning First Place In A Bike Tournament

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4. Important Memories On Google Maps

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5. I Am Finally Cancer Free! Really Excited To Live Life To The Fullest And Have Fun Again

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6. He Has Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial Disease, And Was In Special Education Until The 7th Grade. He Just Graduated With His Aa And Highest Honors. Pride Is An Understatement

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He just received a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams. My son is going to rock the world as a lawyer!

 

7. At The Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market A Few Years Back

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8. My Favorite Graduation Photo. This Woman At My Campus’ Subway Kept Me Fed For 4 Years, And When I Was Low On Money, She Came Through For Me

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9. Balloon Seller’s Kind Gesture

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10. This Is The Day Our Daughter Was Declared In Remission From Stage 2 Liver Cancer

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11. A Year Ago I Was Depressed And Suicidal. Today Things Have Gotten Better

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12. When My Grandad Passed Away My Grandmother (She Is 85) Started Learning Painting To Distract Herself. After A Year She Gave Me This Painting

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13. Best Neighbours

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14. Jimmy Carter an ex USA president

15. My Best Bud And I Cleaned Up A Ton Of Trash Today On Our Day Off

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16. I Just Found Out That My Neighbors Tell Their Dog I’m Outside When They Want Him To Hurry Up And Get Out The Door. This Is Him Waiting For A Treat From Me

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17. Had The European Championship For Wheelchair Basketball. Took The Bronze Medal, And A Ticket To The World Championships In Japan Next Year

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Keep working hard lads, you’ll reach good places.

18. Don’t really have anyone to celebrate with, so I thought I’d share with you guys. I’m one year sober!

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19. Random Girl At Farmer’s Market Seduces My Partner In Front Of My Very Eyes

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20. In France, Peyo, A Beautiful 15-Year-Old Stallion, Often Comes To Comfort And Soothe Terminally Ill Patients At The Techer Hospital In Calais

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The horse always chooses which patient he wants to see, kicking his hoof outside the door.

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