Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings

Every day, many people around the world come up with new innovations. And the rapidly-advancing neural network technology opens new doors for artists.

One of the artists fascinated by the new technology, Denis Shiryaev,  decided to use neural networks to recreate the faces of the subjects of some of the most famous paintings, like the Mona Lisa and The Birth of Venus

This innovative artist seems to be quite interested in recreating old paintings to see how their subjects would look now.

To make the recreations as realistic as possible, he uses other people’s facial expressions from YouTube and TikTok.

Neural network technology allows us to do cool things such as mixing different photos to create new art or turning doodles into amazing landscapes.

Here Are the 7 Famous Paintings that  Denis Shiryaev used to display his talent.

Leonardo Da Vinci – Mona Lisa (1503–1506)

Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings
Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings

The Mona Lisa was painted by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. This painting was created in 1503 and has been kept in the Louvre Museum since 1797. 

The painting is famous around the globe, and it’s likely that everyone you know has at least heard of it.

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

Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings
Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings

Painted by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus shows the Roman goddess Venus emerging from the sea. 

It was created sometime between 1485 and 1486 and is now one of the most renowned paintings in the world. 

But, despite how old it is, The Birth of Venus is still considered among the most beautiful works of art to have been made. 

Grant Wood – American Gothic (1930)

Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings
Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings

American Gothic is a portrait created by Grant Wood in 1930. It depicts simple farmers posing for the painting. 

These farmers were, in fact, the sister and dentist of Grant Wood, who were standing in front of a simple farmhouse.

Frida Kahlo – Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940)

Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings
Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings

The Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is best known for her famous Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. This work of art was mainly inspired by nature and the artifacts and traditions of Mexico.

In her works, Frida Kahlo deeply explores questions of identity, race, gender, and class roles in Mexico.

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

Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings
Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings

The Lady with an Ermine is a piece of art that depicts a woman named Cecilia Gallerani. She is said to be the favorite mistress of the married Duke Ludovico Sforza.

The Duke was da Vinci’s patron and champion for 18 years, and is known for his nickname, “The White Ermine”.

Johannes Vermeer – Girl With A Pearl Earring (1665)

Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings
Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings

The famous Girl with a Pearl Earring is a piece of art created in 1665 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. 

Somehow, though, the iconic pearl earring is missing in Denis’s recreation.

Rembrandt van Rijn – The Night Watch (1642)

Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings
Artist Uses Neural Networks To Generate Realistic Faces Of People From 7 Famous Paintings

Created in 1642, The Night Watch is a painting by artist Rembrandt van Rijn showing the Militia Company of District II under the command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq.

Some people find these recreations super cool, but they might creep others out, what impression do they give you?

This video from Denis Shiryaev’s YouTube channel shows how he created these complicated arts.

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev