A digital artist uses AI to reveal what great classical composers would look like…

February 16, 2022, 5:11 p.m. | Updated: February 16, 2022, 5:33 PM

Beethoven.

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These artistic interpretations of historical portraits into modern photographs are just too convincing.

As so many composers, artists and other great historical figures existed before the invention of photography, the only way to get a vague idea of ​​what they looked like is to rely on the artistic depictions of them in paint and marble by their creative colleagues. .

But what if we had been able to photograph the greatest in history? Yes, their portraits are iconic and instantly recognizable, but wouldn’t it be great to imagine what they might have looked like if they were here today?

Well, luckily for us, we don’t have to imagine. Brazilian artist Hidreley Diao (@hidreley) has used artificial intelligence (AI) to breathe photographic life into portraits and sculptures of Mozart, Beethoven, Shakespeare and many others, posting the mesmerizing results to its Instagram page.

Here are some of our favourites…

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  1. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven.

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    Read more: Discover the “real” face of Beethoven in the artist’s colorful 3D portraits

  2. Joan of Arc (circa 1412 – 1431)

    Jeanne D'Arc

    Jeanne D’Arc.

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  3. William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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    William Shakespeare.

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  4. Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849)

    Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin.

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    Read more: Chopin’s face comes to life in the artist’s incredible 3D portraits

  5. Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890)

    Self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh

    Self-Portrait of Vincent van Gogh.

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  6. The Mona Lisa (1503)

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    Mona Lisa.

    Photo: Aliyah


  7. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

    Wolfgang AmadeusMozart

    Wolfgang AmadeusMozart.

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    Read more: Mozart is reborn in the artist’s striking colorful 3D sculptures

  8. Zeus (circa 1700 BC)

    Zeus

    Zeus.

    Photo: Aliyah


  9. Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt (circa 1370 – circa 1330)

    Nefertiti

    Nefertiti.

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  10. JS Bach (1685 – 1750)

    J.S. Bach

    JS Bach.

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    Read more: Bach’s face revealed in the artist’s extraordinary 3D sculptures