Using artificial intelligence, Dutch photographer Bas Uterwijk released on Friday modern images of the Egyptian King Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) and Queen Nefertiti.
The artist said in his post: “I don’t claim to be a scientist. The historical portraits I make are based on artworks mostly made during the period of their subjects. With AI I filter out the sculpting styles of ancient portraiture and guide it to a credible outcome.”
Uterwijk is famous for using a GAN (generative adversarial network) to convert old paintings of public figures and famous people into photographs. He had previously converted one of Fayoum’s historic paintings into a modern photograph.
GANs are a class of machine learning frameworks that are capable of generating realistic-looking photographs of humans, constructing 3D models of objects from images, and much more.