Reconstructing the appearance of famous people is a popular topic today. This is understandable: after all the life of celebrities is always interesting and informative, it always inspires, develops imagination and stimulates creativity.
All geniuses and famous personalities have had a difficult fate. And their face is a reflection of their destiny. That’s why it’s no wonder that more and more people in the world are interested in the question: How would today look Caesar, Napoleon, Nefertiti, Mona Lisa and others? And it is right. Because turning to history, people are finding more and more interesting facts about these great people.
For example, not so long ago it was believed that Napoleon was of low stature (only 157 cm tall). It was even written in the history books. However, it was a mistaken belief. The fact is that in the 18th century French inches were larger than British inches, and Napoleon’s actual height was quite normal 169 cm.
That’s why I liked the 29-year-old designer and painter’s project so much, showing what famous historical figures would look like in modern times. Especially since she makes everything look cool and tasteful.
Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous general and emperor of France.
Above you see a reconstruction of Napoleon’s face by American painter Becca Saladin. But this painter didn’t limit herself to just one emperor of France and decided to portray Mona Lisa, Marie Antoinette, Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Anastasia Romanova, Nefertiti and others as well.
Anastasia Romanova, daughter of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II.
Thanks to these works, you can roughly imagine what all these people would look like if you met them on the street now. It’s really fun because it’s good for the imagination.
What I also like about Saladin’s work is how responsible she is with her work. She does not draw something based on the surviving portraits, but is engaged in a full-fledged reconstruction: she studies the available visual materials, reads descriptions of her characters in historical literature. And then it’s time for Photoshop magic.
Mrs. Lisa del Giocondo (also known as the Mona Lisa). The simple wife of a silk merchant, who became famous throughout the world due to a painting by Da Vinci.
Saladin is not just restoring images, but updating them. This means that you could easily bump into her picture of Benjamin Franklin on the street and walk by, thinking: “Where the hell have I seen him?” And you saw him on the $100 bill (and by the way, contrary to popular misconception, Franklin was never president of the United States).
Benjamin Franklin, politician, diplomat, inventor, one of the founding fathers of the United States. He, by the way, invented the lightning rod and received a patent for the rocking chair.
Becca started “Royalty Now” Instagram account just over a year ago, and it now has 300,000 followers. Here’s what she writes:
“My goal is to get people interested in history and show that people of the past faced similar problems and joys as we do today. People often write to me that my work has made someone read more about famous people from other centuries. That’s what I’m trying to do”.
Queen Nefertiti, the great wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Ehnaton.
According to Becca, she finds it easiest to work with a good, detailed portrait and much harder with a sculpture or a mask. But difficulties don’t scare her, because her illustrations have room for imagination. She often adds missing details, shadows, corrects hair and eye color. But not just anyhow, but with attention and taste.
In short, enough of the words. Just look how interesting everything turned out.
Abraham Lincoln: the man who freed the United States from slavery. He was the 16th president of the USA and did not live to a ripe old age because he was shot and killed.
Queen Marie Antoinette of France, well known for the phrase attributed to her to the poor: “If they have no bread, let them eat cake!”
Gaius Julius Caesar was a famous Roman general and lifelong dictator of the Roman Republic. Like many great men, he did not die of old age.
Jane Austen, a writer, whose most famous novel “Pride and Prejudice” (1813) was so popular that it was filmed many times in Hollywood.
Alexander the Great was one of the greatest generals in history who dreamed of conquering the world (and almost succeeded). He passed away very young, before his 33rd birthday.
King Henry VIII of England, who ruled in the 16th century. Known for his authoritative and tough temper. According to history, he had six wives, two of whom he divorced and two others he eliminated, accusing them of treason.
Here, by the way, is Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England. Her sad fate is the basis of many movies (including “Another Boleyn”) and even an opera.