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30 Celebrities Transformed Into Classical Paintings



The algorithm used to create the paintings was trained on more than 45,000 classical pieces of art and can render portraits that look like oil, watercolor and ink paintings. Someone decided to try out this new technology on some celebrities and now you can get a glimpse at how they would have looked like all the way back in the 15th century.

Keanu Reeves

Lady Gaga

To create the paintings, the AI uses something called generative adversarial network (GAN) models. GAN makes two neural networks – a generator (looks at various examples and tries to mimic them) and a discriminator (judges if they are real by comparing them with the same training examples) – contest with each other in order to produce an acceptable outcome. The AI analyzed works from various famous painters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

Adam Driver

Ed Sheeran



Similar AI technologies have existed before but none were quite like this one. Instead of merely applying a filter on your face, it actually generates brand new features and selects what style to use for the painting based on the subject in the photo.

Kit Harington

Dwayne Johnson


“With AI Portraits Ars anyone is able to use GAN models to generate a new painting, where facial lines are completely redesigned. The model decides for itself which style to use for the portrait. Details of the face and background contribute to direct the model towards a style,” say the creators of the technology. “In style transfer, there is usually a strong alteration of colors, but the features of the photo remain unchanged. AI Portraits Ars creates new forms, beyond altering the style of an existing photo.”

Jared Leto

Elon Musk

“Portrait masters rarely paint smiling people because smiles and laughter were commonly associated with a more comic aspect of genre painting, and because the display of such an overt expression as smiling can seem to distort the face of the sitter,” explained the creators why no paintings show people smiling. “This inability of artificial intelligence to reproduce our smiles is teaching us something about the history of art.”

Check out the celebrity paintings in the gallery below!

 Snoop Dog

Jack Nicholson

Beyonce

James Earl Jones

Tessa Thompson

Jennifer Lawrence

Woody Allen

Elon Musk

Denzel Washington

John Travolta

Natalie Portman

Jared Leto

Jason Momoa

Kehlani Parrish

Lizzo

Tom Cruise

Jungkook

Robin Williams

Dwayne Johnson



Mark Hamill

Benedict Cumberbatch

Donald Trump

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