An artist uses computer programs called neural networks to create lifelike faces of individuals inspired by seven well-known paintings.


In the last 20 years, technology has improved a lot, and every day, people create new things. An artist named Denis Shiryaev decided to use a special computer program called a neural network to make faces that look like people from famous paintings, such as the Mona Lisa and the Birth of Venus.

Denis Shiryaev really likes changing old pictures and paintings to see how they would look today. Even though the new versions are not exactly like the old ones, they are still really enjoyable!

To make the recreated faces look as real as possible, Denis Shiryaev uses facial expressions from people on YouTube and TikTok, along with the help of neural networks. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a neural network is a kind of computer system or program made to work like the human brain.

Leonardo da Vinci – Mona Lisa (1503–1506)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

The Mona Lisa is a portrait painted by the well-known Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. He made it in 1503, and it’s been in the Louvre Museum since 1797. This painting is famous everywhere, and it’s really tough to find someone who doesn’t know about it.

Frida Kahlo – Self-portrait (1940)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

Frida Kahlo was a famous painter from Mexico who was known for painting pictures of herself. She found inspiration in nature and the things that represent Mexico’s history and traditions. Through her art, she asked questions about who she was, the roles of gender, class, and race in Mexico.

Sandro Botticelli – The Birth of Venus (1485-1486)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

The Birth of Venus, painted by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, is one of the most famous paintings globally. Made around 1485–1486, it continues to be considered one of the most beautiful pieces of art. The painting shows the Roman goddess Venus coming out of the sea.

Leonardo da Vinci – Lady with an Ermine (1489-1490)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

People say that “The Lady with an Ermine” is a portrait of a lovely woman named Cecilia Gallerani. She was the favorite mistress of Duke Ludovico Sforza, who was married and also Leonardo da Vinci’s supporter for 18 years. Duke Ludovico Sforza was known as “the white ermine.”

Grant Wood – American Gothic (1930)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

“American Gothic” is a painting by Grant Wood from 1930. In the painting, you see plain farmers posing for a portrait. Surprisingly, these farmers are actually Grant Wood’s sister and a dentist, and they are standing in front of a simple farmhouse.

Rembrandt van Rijn – The Night Watch (1642)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

“The Night Watch” is a painting by Rembrandt van Rijn from 1642. It depicts the Militia Company of District II under the command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq.

Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665)

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

“Girl with a Pearl Earring” is a painting made in 1665 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

Unfortunately, the famous pearl earring is not present in Denis’ recreation.

What are your thoughts on these remakes? Do you find them interesting or a bit eerie? Share your opinions in the comments and let us know which painting you would like to see recreated!

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