CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like

Shannon Quinn - November 5, 2020

When we go through history books, we often see paintings and illustrations of famous people. However, this is often left up to the artist’s interpretation of the person. More often than not, paintings we see of famous people look so drastically different, it’s difficult to tell what they actually looked like. Written records can also help give us an idea of how some people looked, but these are also often biased. Lastly, there were plenty of people who were too poor to afford to have their portraits painted. Common people were rarely ever featured in records until the invention of photography. Lucky for us, modern technology has become advanced enough to where we can get a much better picture of how people actually looked from history.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Life wasn’t easy for the Ditchling Road Man. Credit: The Sun

30. The Ditchling Road Man Shows The Common Farmer With A Short Lifespan

In 2019, The Brighton Museum and Art Gallery put on a showcase of depictions of people living in Brighton, United Kingdom over the course of 40,000 years. They used 7 different skulls from 7 different time periods, spanning thousands of years apart. I’ve chosen to focus on the Ditchling Road Man, estimated to be from 2,400 B.C. He was a farmer whose skeleton was stunted by several periods of malnutrition throughout his life. You can even see in the shape of his face how he must have struggled to survive, and he died at just 25 years old. He’s considered to be one of the “Beakers” of the Bronze age. Whoever buried him left behind pottery, and snail shells near his mouth. This must have been some sort of long-forgotten burial ritual, or a last-ditch attempt to feed the starving man.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
3D modeling helped reveal the features of the 32-year-old king. Credit: Go Social

29. Richard III’s Remains Were Found Under a Parking Lot

King Richard III died during the War of the Roses in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. For years, the remains of King Richard III were believed to have been thrown in the River Soar. In reality, he was buried in an unmarked grave. Hundreds of years later, in 2012, the remains were discovered under a parking lot in Leicester, United Kingdom. Archeologists from the University of Leicester excavated his skull and DNA samples were taken in order to identify the remains. Then, they used software photogrammetry to create a 3D reconstruction of his face. Once this was complete, artists made a plastic model to show a real-life depiction of what he would look like. He was only 32 years old when he died. For years, people believed he was a hunchback, because of William Shakespeare’s record. However, the skeletal remains prove that he only had a curved spine.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
This teenage girl was eaten by cannibals in colonial Jamestown. Credit: All That’s Interesting

28. Jane of Jamestown Was The Victim of Hungry Cannibals

Living as a colonist wasn’t always easy, because these people were left to completely fend for themselves in the wilderness. During the winter of 1609 to 1610, settlers in Jamestown, Virginia experienced what was known as “The Starving Time”. As a result, many of the original settlers eventually turned to cannibalism in order to survive. The remains of an unidentified teenager were found brutally dismembered and buried in the basement of one of the Jamestown Fort. Because of her unmarked grave, she is a Jane Doe. From her remains, archeologists could tell that she was eaten. Instead of giving her a respectful burial, her bones were tossed into the dirt of the cellar among the bones of dead dogs, horses, and other animals. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation worked together with the Smithsonian Institute to piece together her remains and recreate what she would have looked like when she was alive.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Caligula, aka Gaius, was the third Roman emperor. Credit: Dan Voshart

27. Caligula Was a Tyrant of an Emperor

Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was called “Caligula“, which was a nickname given to him by Roman soldiers that means “little boot”. Caligula was the third Roman emperor. He ascended to power when he was just 20 years old, because he ascended after his father’s death. Unfortunately, inherited power is often undeserved. He is remembered for being a nasty tyrant, sexual sadist, and an all-around bad dude. (Think Joffrey from Game of Thrones.) Because of this, his rule only lasted for just under 4 years. Plenty of busts, statues, and portraits were made the capture Caligula’s handsome features. So, it was actually easy to get a good general idea of what he looks like. An artist named Dan Voshart used a bust of Caligula to show what he would have looked like as a real person, and it truly does look spot-on.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
George Washington was the first President of the United States. Credit: University of Pittsburgh

26. This Wax Figure Shows America’s First President, George Washington

Without bones, it was considered to be nearly impossible to recreate President George Washington’s face. However, there was a forensic anthropologist from the University of Pittsburgh named Jeffrey Schwartz who was up to the challenge. Some of the main items Schwartz used were his life mask, statues, and a bust of Washington’s face. He used several different portraits painted of George Washington over the years to find all of the facial similarities. Schwartz wanted to depict George Washington in the prime of his youth, rather than when he was older in his Presidency. So, the end result is a waxwork that gives us a glimpse into what he actually looked like.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Statue show Macrinus’ Moorish features. Credit: Dan Voshart

25. A Digital Artist’s Interpretation of the Roman Emperor Macrinus

Macrinus was Emperor of the Roman Empire from the year 217 to 218. Most modern depictions of Macrinus show him as being white. However, history tells us that Macrinus was North African, and records show that he was “moorish by race”. The term “moor” is often used to describe Europeans of African descent. A digital artist named Dan Voshart has earned a reputation for creating strikingly realistic depictions of Roman emperors, based on their statues. After doing research into Macrinus, he decided to make him black, even though no one has ever depicted him as such before. On his Twitter account, Voshart admits that this is his artistic interpretation, but also points to the fact that his images on coins and busts also show him having African characteristics such as a wide nose and thick hair.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
An artist puts the finishing touches on recreating the Stonehenge Man. Credit: New Scientist

24. The Stonehenge Man Looks a Lot Like Jim Carrey

If you ever get the chance to visit the Visitor’s Center in Stonehenge, England, you’ll encounter this waxwork called “The Stonehenge Man“. His skull was taken from 5,500-year-old remains that were found near the famous stone monument. Technically, he would have been born roughly 500 years before the creation of Stonehenge. Evidence on the remains suggest that he would have traveled quite a lot when he was young. This depiction of Stonehenge Man has him looking pale with light eyes, like most English people. Considering that the DNA showed that Cheddar Man has dark skin, we can assume that people’s skin become paler sometime during those 5,000 years of adjusting to the lack of sunlight in England.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Cheddar Man had dark skin, brown hair, and blue eyes. Credit: Natural History Museum in London

23. The Cheddar Man Challenged Brits to Rethink What Their Ancestors Looked Like

In 1903, archeologists found a British native from the Mesolithic era who lived 10,000 years ago. The reason why he’s called “The Cheddar Man” is because he was found in Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, UK. He is one of the oldest nearly complete skeletons that has ever been discovered. Years later, the National History Museum in London examined the DNA of the Cheddar Man. For a long time, it was assumed that early Europeans would have had light skin too, because of the lack of sunlight. However, Cheddar Man’s genetic markers suggest that he would have the same skin pigment as what is found in Africa, but that he would have light blue eyes and thin, soft brown hair common in Europe. A company called Kennis & Kennis Reconstructions, who specializes in paleontological reconstructions, was asked to recreate what The Cheddar Man would have looked like. This waxwork is the result.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
The depiction of Otho truly does look like a real person. Credit: Haroun Binous

22. Emperor Marcus Salvius Otho

Marcus Otho Caesar Augustus, also known as Emperor Otho, ruled Rome for just 3 months. He was the second ruler in the famous Year of the Four Emperors. Otho was born into a noble Etruscan family, and he was good friends with Emperor Nero. Even though he had such a short time ruling the empire, there are still busts showing his likeness. An artist named Haroun Binous created a face based on the bust of Otho, and it’s incredibly realistic and striking.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Remains of Otzi were found in the ice. Credit: Go Social

21. Otzi the Ice Man

In 1991, the frozen remains of an ancient skeleton were found by hikers in the Alps. Archeologists estimated that this man lived 5,300 years ago, and they gave him the nickname “Otzi the Iceman”. However, Otzi didn’t die from the cold. He was murdered by getting shot with an arrow through his back. His body was perfectly preserved to the point where they could still see 60 tattoos all over his body, and that he was wearing a leather coat. Since his entire body was well-preserved, scientists were able to make a 3D representation of what he would have looked like when he was alive.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
This is what St. Nick would look like in real life. Credit: Liverpool John Moores University

20. Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) Finally Comes to Life

In the Western world, we tell children the story that Santa Claus or Father Christmas visits every home in the world to give gifts on December 25th. Adults know that Santa Claus is a fairytale, but he is actually based on the real-life St. Nicholas. He became famous because he was known for giving away money and presents to his fellow villagers in need. Today, people dress up like Santa Claus every holiday season. Because of traditions, they always wear a long, white beard and a red suit. However, this isn’t very accurate to the real-life of St. Nick. There have been several portraits painted of the real-life St. Nick over the years. In 2014, The Face Lab at Liverpool John Moores University created the 3D likeness of what Saint Nicholas would have actually looked like. Does he live up to how you imagined Santa Claus all your life?

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Augustus succeeded the throne after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Credit: Césares de Roma

19. Octavian Augustus

Octavian Agustus rose to power because his great-uncle Julius Caesar was assassinated. Most of the time, inheriting power doesn’t work out very well. However, the Roman people truly loved Augustus. He continued to rule until he died in AD 14. This period of time has been called “Pax Romana“, and it was the most peaceful period of the empire’s history. There have been several busts and statues made of him, in honor of how he helped the republic flourish. An artist named Salva Ruano created a series of sculptures of Roman Emperors, titled “Cesares de Roma”. This is just one of the life-like sculptures showing what he may have looked like when he was a young man.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
This may be the most realistic interpretation of Anne Boleyn. Credit: Emily Pooley and Hans Holbein the Younger

18. This Anne Boleyn Wax Work May Be The Most Accurate Modern Day Depiction

Queen Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII. Her appearance has been debated over the years because of the various artistic interpretations of her face. Some historians have claimed that her portrait by Nidd Hall is the most realistic because it most resembles the Moost Happi medal. An artist named Emily Pooley created the waxwork of Anne Boleyn, which is on display at Hever Castle. Pooley did months of research and wrote her dissertation on the historical written records of Anne’s appearance. These describe her as having black hair, olive skin, an oval face. Emily also decided that the sketch by Holbein looked the most accurate to the records, as well as realistic. Emily Pooley found a model who resembled the sketch as much as possible, and they used 360-degree photography to get a base structure. Then, she made adjustments based on the Holbein sketch.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
3d modeling shows what Napoleon Bonaparte would look like. Credit: The History Channel

17. Napoleon Bonaparte

Nearly everyone has heard of Napoleon Bonaparte, the former emperor of France. He ruled from 1804 to 1814, and then briefly again in 1815. A face mask was taken of him upon his death, so we actually know exactly what he looked like. Artists have gone ahead and created this face, which looks very similar to some of his portraits. While this image isn’t as spot-on as some of the recreations made from skulls of the dead, it’s still an accurate way of seeing what someone looked like. After all, this is a mold taken from the person’s face. Similar 3D models could be made for nearly any death mask on Photoshop. However, there is a lot of controversy around his death mask, and some people believe copies are fake.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
King Tut, the famous Pharaoh of Egypt. Credit: Realm of History

16. King Tut

Tutankhamun was the pharaoh of Egypt from 1332-1323 BC. He had a very short reign, and yet so many people know his name, since he was behind much of Egypt’s rise to power and greatness. In 2005, a famous Egyptologist named Zahi Hawass lead a group of anthropologists to recreate King Tut’s likeness. They took 3D CT scans of the Pharaoh’s mummy and had 1,700 images of cross-sections of his body. Once they began to recreate his image, they believe that it looks very similar to portraits taken of him when he was just a child. Along with images of his face, they were also able to find attributes that they would have hidden from the public, like an overbite, malformed hips, and a club foot that would have made it difficult for him to walk.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
The 3D image of the man who was found looks identical to Nicolaus Copernicus. Credit: Nature Weekly Journal

15. The Remains of Nicolaus Copernicus Were Found by Accident

In 2004, Polish archeologists uncovered remains in a church, but there was no grave marker. They weren’t sure who the skeleton belonged to, so they took it to forensic scientists in Warsaw. Once the reconstructed his face, they saw an old man with a broken nose and a scar above his brow. The features, along with the age of the skeleton, point to the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. When you put his portrait side-by-side with the 3D image, it truly is uncanny how similar the two are. Without this new technology, modern-day scientists would have never known who he was. Because of his famous accomplishments, the church had taken special care to bury him where he was found. Without this technology, his remains may have never been identified.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Meritamun the mummy. Credit: University of Melbourne

14. Australian Researchers Brough a Mummy, Meritamun, Back to Life

Anthropologists from the University of Melbourne discovered a detached skull that once belonged to an Egyptian mummy from 300 BC. It had been brought to Australia in the early 1900s by a professor who wanted to show the piece to the students at his college. Now that they have the technology, the team reconstructed the skull to see who this person was. They gave the woman the name “Meritamun“. After doing a CT scan of the skull, they were able to use a 3D printer to replicate the skull itself. Next, they molded her muscles, skin, and eventually hair and other features. While the recreation of Meritamun wasn’t solving a mystery, it’s still a breakthrough in technology to be able to see exactly what someone looked like, even after their death.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Scientists recreated what Bach likely looked like, even including his double chin. Credit: Caroline Wilkinson

13. Johann Sebastian Bach Finally Reveals His Secrets

The musical composer Johann Sebastian Bach is a bit of a mystery because he was a fiercely private person. He wrote very few letters, and only posed for one portrait during his lifetime. However, the Bach Museum in Eisenach, Germany, just so happened to have his skull. An anthropologist from Scotland named Caroline Wilkinson borrowed the skull so that she could make a scan and 3D print of his skull. After putting the information into a computer program, she was able to make a depiction of what he would have looked like. Even though a skull can give you the basic shape of someone’s features, it can’t tell you about wrinkles or fat. So Wilkinson had to dig through historic documents to add on those features. The result actually does look strikingly similar to his portrait.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
The 3D image of this young boy looks nearly identical to his portrait. Credit: Smithsonian Magazine

12. The Mummy of an Egyptian Toddler

During the 1st Century AD, a toddler who passed away was mummified and buried in Egypt. An artist drew a portrait of him while he was alive, which is in keeping with Egyptian tradition. This was included in the burial, and attached to the mummy itself. As tragic as this story is, it still gives us valuable insight into a part of ancient Egypt that we don’t often hear about. In an article from Smithsonian Magazine, they explained that sometimes, the portraits included on mummies don’t always match up. For example, an elderly man was found with a portrait of what he looked like in the prime of his youth when he was 20 years old. However, this 3D face was made by reconstructing his skull, without using the painting as a reference at all. The end result was strikingly similar.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Mat Collishaw shows us what Queen Elizabeth would have looked like under the makeup. Credit: The BBC

11. Queen Elizabeth I Was Unmasked at a Recent Art Exhibit

The image of England’s Queen Elizabeth I is so iconic, pretty much everyone can recognize her. According to records, she wore a lot of white makeup made of vinegar and led to hide pockmarks on her skin. In all of her portraits, her skin looks flawless, because she wanted the world to believe that she was truly young, beautiful, and healthy enough to continue her rule. This is why many of her portraits look the same, even years apart. An artist named Mat Collishaw used digital scanning of her effigy death mask to get the general shape of her face. Then, they measured the distance of her eyes, lips, and nose in all of the portraits. Lastly, they used 3D printing to perfectly create a face. This face was placed on top of a robotic automaton so that it actually blinks like a real person. Creepy? Yes. But it’s accurate.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
The second interpretation of Ava. Credit: BBC

10. Ava’s Features Were Debated Because of Modern-Day White Washing

In 1987, the bones of a woman who died 4,250 years ago were discovered at Achavanich in Caithness, United Kingdom. The body was given the nickname “Ava” since they had no way of knowing her true identity. According to the DNA, she was descended from mainland Europeans who migrated to England only a few generations before her birth. When researchers first did a 3D recreation of her, they gave her red hair and blue eyes. But, after doing more genetic research through the Natural History Museum in London and Harvard Medical School, it was discovered that she would have actually had darker hair and eyes. Just like The Cheddar Man, early Europeans didn’t look like how we imagine British people today. Researchers are excited by the evidence they’ve gathered from Ava, because it means that human beings were migrating from mainland Europe much earlier than originally thought.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Nero, Roman emperor. Credit: Césares de Roma

9. Emperor Nero Was The Emperor Accused of Being the Antichrist

The Fifth emperor of Rome was Nero, and he was known for being a tyrant. He did whatever he pleased without worrying about the consequences. In his spare time, he loved to play music, perform, and recite poetry. Some historians blame him for starting the Great Fire of Rome in July of 64 AD just so he could have an excuse to rebuild the city from scratch. In the end, he blamed Christians for starting the fire, and this earned him the nickname of “The Antichrist.” This realistic model we see above is yet another sculpture created by an artist named Salva Ruano from his series “Cesares de Roma“. The artist gave him a wicked expression where you can’t quite tell what he’s about to do next.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
This is the face of Queen Nefertiti. Credit: Go Social

8. Queen Nefertiti Was One of the Most Beautiful Egyptian Queens

Queen Nefertiti’s name literally means “the beauty has come”, a powerful queen of ancient Egypt. Because of this, many busts and statues were made in her likeness. So to see what she actually looked like is truly fascinating. A facial reconstruction specialist named M.A. Ludwig took it upon themselves to recreate a 3D model of Nefertiti on Photoshop based on his bust. This is an artist’s interpretation, so there is still a good chance that she may look different if a proper recreation was made using her skull. However, researchers are discovering from other examples like King Tut and the Egyptian Toddler that Egyptian’s artistic interpretations are usually pretty accurate to real life. Personally, I think the bust of Nefertiti is far more beautiful than the 3D model, but that’s my personal opinion.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Maximilien Robespierre. Credit: Bored Panda

7. Maximilien De Robespierre’s Recreation Shows the Naked Truth

Maximilien de Robespierre was a French politician who is known for his part in the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. When he was executed in 1794, they took a death mask from his decapitated head to capture his features. Because of this, it was much easier for future scientists to recreate his features. According to records, the 36-year-old suffered from a lot of health problems. He had scars all over his face from smallpox, daily nosebleeds, and yellowed eyes and skin from jaundice. Every day, he had a permanent twitching of his eyes and mouth. This is an example of how a portrait artist can make someone look more attractive and healthy-looking than they actually were in reality.

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This is the true face of Mary, Queen of Scots. Credit: The University of Dundee

6. Mary Queen of Scots Looks Almost Too Much Like Her Portraits

Mary Queen of Scots is one of the most well-known figures in history. But in reality, she looked very different than what you may imagine from movies and TV. A team of researchers at the University of Dundee were able to take a scan and come up with this 3D recreation. She has a very large nose, and a strong, square chin. In a lot of ways, she looks exactly like her portrait. But some historians find this model a bit off-putting because her features are very different than what we see in most modern people. Even the 3D model of her larger-than-life features looks a bit like a fake avatar created for a video game. Professor Wilkinson said, “She doesn’t sound attractive, but the strong features meant she had a very striking appearance.”

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
An artist recreated what Chopin would have looked like while he was alive. Credit: Classic FM

5. An Artist Recreates The Real Face of Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric Chopin was a famous music composer and pianist. Chopin’s music is incredibly popular even to this day, and even untrained listeners may recognize some of his music. To be fair, there is at least one photograph that exists of Frédéric Chopin when he was older. So his appearance wasn’t a complete mystery. However, his image when he was a young man is always in the form of a painting. Because of his immense fame, a mold was taken of his face and hands when he died. An Iranian visual artist named Hadi Karimi took the existing photograph and portraits of Chopin. With much time and effort, he recreated what Chopin would have looked like. The results are beautiful because his eyes capture the spirit of his music.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
Is this the face of a witch, or a grandmother wrongly accused? Credit: Daily Mail

4. Lilias Adie, A Scottish Woman Who Was Found Guilty In Court For Being a Witch

Older women were accused of being witches for centuries, and Lilias Adie was no exception. She was an elderly woman living in Scotland when she went on trial for witchcraft. As a result, people of her village tortured her, which forced her to confess to being in love with the devil. When she was found guilty, she committed suicide in 1704 before they had the chance to burn her at the stake. After her death, she was buried on the beach. Villagers placed a giant stone slab on top of her grave, because they believed that she might use her magic to rise from the dead. Because of this stone slab, her skeleton was well preserved enough for forensic scientists from Dundee University to make a 3D model of what she would have looked like when she was alive.

CGI Technology Reveals What These Historic Figures Looked Like
This is what Jesus most likely looked like. Credit: Bas Uterwijk

3. Jesus Christ Probably Didn’t Look Like Those Paintings in Church

In many Christian churches, images of Jesus have European features like blue eyes and brown hair. Because of this, many Christians assume that he must have been white. However, scientific evidence has proven that Jesus should have been biologically similar to Iraqi Jews. Without his remains, it would be impossible to get a completely accurate depiction. Even so, there are several different 3D interpretations out there as to what Jesus may have looked like. I went with the depiction by the Dutch artist Bas Uterwijk, because it seems to be as close to reality as I can find. He took images of Jesus from existing classic paintings and created a face based on those features. Only this time, instead of making him white, he gave him a more racially accurate depiction.

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If the Statue of Liberty was a real person. Credit: Bas Uterwijk

2. The Woman in The Statue of Liberty May Not Be French, After All

A Dutch artist named Bas Uterwijk created this digital portrait to in order to show what The Statue of Liberty would have looked like, if she was a real French woman. But is this completely accurate? And did she really exist? The artist, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, was known for being fascinated with Egyptian architecture. He was originally going to create a statue that was nearly identical to the Statue of Liberty for the opening of the Egyptian Suez Canal. In his original plans, the woman was supposed to be an Arab wearing peasant robe, holding a torch over her head. Since the concept was nearly identical, historians believe that Bartholdi took his existing project and gave it to the United States. Many of the other figures on this list have had their race changed multiple times, and the Statue of Liberty may be no different.

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Philip the Arab was a Roman emperor from 244 to 249. Credit: Dan Voshart

1. Philip the Arab’s Facial Reconstruction Captures His Emotions

From 244 to 249, Philip the Arab served as the Roman emperor. He was a huge figure in the Roman empire, because he negotiated peace with the Persian Sassanid Empire. He was betrayed during the Battle of Verona, and killed in a rebellion. Because of this, he only reigned for 5 years, but he’s remembered for his accomplishments in that short time. This facial recreation is yet another artistic interpretation by artist Dan Voshart. His face looks identical to his bust, except that his expression is very sad, showing the sense of betrayal in his eyes. Because of this artwork, we can really get a sense of what Philip must have gone through.


Where do we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

Visit Richard III’s Gravesite With This Bone Chilling 3D Model. Smithsonian Magazine. Jason Daley. 2016

These facial reconstructions reveal 40,000 years of English ancestry. National Geographic. Kristen Romey. 2019

A Starving Time Tragedy. Historic Jamestown. 2013

Putting a Face on the First President. Jeffrey H. Schwartz. University of Pittsburgh.

Dan Vosh Art. Twitter. 2020

Stonehenge Man: Not Just a Pretty Face. Sandrine Ceurstemont. New Scientist. 2014.

Cheddar Man: Mesolithic Britain’s blue-eyed boy. The National History Museum. Kerry Lotzof

Scientists reconstruct Ötzi the Iceman’s frantic final climb. Megan Gannon. National Geographic. 2019.

And More…

Spanish Artist Recreates Three Of The Most Famous Roman Emperors Through His Realistic Sculptures. Demilked. 2018

Anne Boleyn’s Appearance: Does it Really Matter? The Tudor Society. Conor Byrne.

Facial Reconstruction of 6 Ancient Egyptians You Should Know About. Dattatreya Mandal. Realm of History. 2019

Copernicus unearthed? Nature Magazine. 2005

Researchers Have Just Reconstructed a 2,300-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy’s Face. Josh Hrala. Science Alert. 2016

Experts Digitally Reconstruct Bach’s Face. DW.

The Verge – How A Designer Used AI And Photoshop To Bring Ancient Roman Emperors Back To Life

Smithsonian Magazine – What We Can Learn From Ötzi the Iceman’s Hunting Pack

BBC News – Father Christmas: Saint Nicholas’ Face Revealed

The Times – Meet Lilias, The 3D ‘Witch’ With A Kind Face

University Of South Carolina – The Long History Of How Jesus Came To Resemble A White European

And More…

Is This The Real Face of the Virgin Queen? Dan John. BBC. 2018

Giving life to a woman found in a 4,250-year-old grave in Caithness. Steven McKenzie. BBC. 2018

The 3D reconstruction of Robespierre’s face doesn’t really present a flattering picture. Realm of History. 2016.

Mary, Queen of Scots modelled in 3D. BBC. 2013

Chopin’s face is brought to life in artist’s incredible 3D portraits. Maddy Shaw Roberts. Classic FM. 2020.

Face of Notorious Witch Digitally Reconstructed 300 Years After Her Death. Ancient Origins. Theodoros Karasavvas. 2017.

Artist Recreates How Iconic Figures From History Would Really Look in Real Life. My Modern Met. Margherita Cole. 2020.

The Statue of Liberty was modeled after an Arab woman. Sarah Birnbaum. USA Today. 2017.