Лайфхакер уже рассказывал о Бекке Саладин — дизайнере, которая использует сохранившиеся портреты и скульптуры знаменитых исторических личностей и обрабатывает их, чтобы показать, как эти люди могли выглядеть, живи они в наши дни. Её проект Royalty Now за месяцы изоляции пополнили свыше десятка новых работ — вот самые интересные из них.

Чингисхан

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Here we are with Genghis Khan, one of the most fascinating rulers in history and the founder of the Mongol Empire. Genghis was also responsible for millions of deaths. This was one that was requested many times over the past week. This is the only portrait of Genghis Khan that was supervised by someone who knew what he looked like — his grandson Khubilai Khan. There are no contemporary portraits of him. Similar to the depiction of Cleopatra, there are differing descriptions on what his coloring was. Some claimed he had red hair and green eyes, others claimed he had features very similar to East Asian populations today. I have to admit — this one challenged me and stretched my skills. This was the oldest and most stylized portrait I’ve ever worked from. Let me know what you think in the comments below! . If you’re interested in a time lapse video of how I created this piece, keep an eye out for my Patreon launch announcement coming this week! 👑 . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: Pexels.com . #GenghisKhan #MongolEmperor #MongolEmpire #Mongols #Photoshop #RoyalFamily #History #Khubilai Khan#Royalty #EuropeanArt #EuropeanHistory #AsianArt #AsianArtHistory #Drawing #GraphicDesign #HistoryMemes #Portrait #ArtRestoration #DigitalArt #ArtOnInstagram #HistoryNerd

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Хатшепсут

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Hatshepsut came to the throne of Egypt in 1478 BC. She ruled longer than any other female pharaoh and is regarded as being one of the most successful pharaohs in Egyptian history. Egyptologist James Henry Breasted said she is "the first great woman in history of whom we are informed." She re-established trade networks and embarked on great building projects in Egypt. There were so many statues produced during her reign that nearly every major museum that has an Ancient Egyptian exhibit has a Hatshepsut portrait. . This was obviously a very stylized statue to work from, but it was really fun to guess what she would look like nonetheless. What’s interesting about the depictions of Hatshepsut is that they are very stylized in terms of the large eyes and small head, yet they are incredibly consistent across time and location. Every single portrait I’ve found of her has these large, kind eyes, the same shape nose, and a bit of a smile. None of the portraits of her show any age differences, so I’ve depicted her here as a young woman to match the smooth look of the statue. There aren’t many descriptions of her appearance, but some say she was obese and perhaps balding by the end of her great reign. I’ve given her a skin tone that matched some of the pigment on her statues, and I’m aware this may not be correct — unfortunately we have no DNA evidence or descriptions of skin tone for her. A mummy has been attributed to her that shows diabetes and died of bone cancer in her fifties. If that mummy was indeed her, it would explain her deteriorating appearance and bad teeth in her later years. . If you’re interested in supporting my work please consider donating a few bucks a month so I can purchase my software and the stock photos needed: patreon.com/royaltynow. You can also make a one-time donation at www.paypal.me/royaltynow. I appreciate my supporters so dearly. . Left Portrait: Public Domain (Metropolitan Museum), Right Portrait base: iStock Photo. . #Hatshepsut #EgyptianArt #EgyptianHistory #Pharaoh #Egypt #AfricanArt #AfricanHistory #EuropeanHistory #EuropeanArt #portrait #Drawing #GraphicDesign #HistoryMemes #Portrait #ArtRestoration #DigitalArt #ArtOnInstagram #Hi

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Покахонтас

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Pocahontas (c. 1596 – March 1617) was a Native American woman notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia and her travels to England. She was the daughter of the chief Powhatan, the great chief of a network of tributary tribes in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia. The representation I’ve worked from here is a painted copy of an original engraving — the only portrait made of Pocahontas during her lifetime. Working from the engraving probably would have been more accurate, but generally I need a painting to work from. The portrait was made by an English artist, hence why she looks so Anglicized. It’s possible that her clothing might have been hiding tattoos or that some could have been “photoshopped” off her face by the engraver Simon de Passe to better show her as a “civilized” woman fit for English sensibilities. I wanted to include a version of her here that honors her Algonquin heritage much more than the portrait does. If you swipe, you’ll see a version of Pocahontas with a version of traditional Algonquin tattooing on her face. . More about Pocohontas: We don’t have that many details of her life, but it was certainly not what the Disney film was showing us! She never had a love affair with John Smith and she didn’t save his life during his capture. Pocahontas was captured by hostile colonists in 1613 and encouraged to convert to Christianity — her christian name became “Rebecca”. She married John Rolfe, and they traveled to London together, attempting to show that she was a “Civilized Savage” in hopes of getting more support and supplies to the Jamestown settlement. Unfortunately Pocahontas died on the return voyage of an unknown illness at the young age of 21 or 22. . If you’re interested in supporting my work please consider donating a few bucks a month so I can purchase my software and the stock photos needed: patreon.com/royaltynow. Just a few posts ago, I showed a bit of work on this one and I have a tutorial on the Curves tool using this image as an example for those who would choose to support! . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: iStock Photo.

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Тутанхамон

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The Patreon pollsters have selected King Tut as the next subject! I know this is a little different than my usual post. This time, I’ve been given permission to use this recreation by the forensic artist (& my idol) Elisabeth Daynes (@atelier_daynes). This recreation of King Tut has long been my favorite, and was created in 2005 when 2 teams were tasked with recreating what King Tut may have looked like. It shows some of the features that may have been the result of inbreeding, such as the overbite and weak chin. I realize that the hard work here has been done for me by Daynes, but I wanted to bring him into the modern day. Hope you enjoy. . . If you would like to support my work you can do so by joining the Patreon and gaining exclusive perks like seeing posts a week before they are posted here, seeing some of my greatest failures, and watching creation videos. (www.patreon.com/royaltynow) or I have a “Tip Jar” here at www.paypalme/royaltynow. This work costs money to create, so any help is much appreciated ❤️ . Left Image: © reconstruction Elisabeth Daynes, Right Image pieces: iStock Photo & Pixabay.com

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Клеопатра

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I’ve been resisting doing Cleopatra for some time, simply because there aren’t many reliable depictions of her, and most descriptions of her by historians were made after her death. However, I’ve gotten so many requests for her, I wanted to give you all what you’ve been asking for 🥰 . . The closest thing we have are Roman busts from the first century BCE, around the time that Cleopatra would have been visiting Rome. I chose to base my recreation off of the Berlin Bust of Cleopatra, which was thought to have been created around 46-44 BCE. I chose this bust because most of the depictions of her include common features — a strong nose, full lips, and small chin. It’s also hard to tell what her skin & hair colors were — most descriptions describe her as dark haired and “honey-skinned”, but some even say she was a redhead. Consider this my “Artist’s Rendition” of a way that she could have possibly looked. Bottom line, Cleopatra was an amazing woman. She was intelligent, witty, spoke several languages, and was incredibly skilled in diplomacy. I really enjoyed learning more about her during research for this recreation! . . Further Research & Reading about her looks: . Encyclopedia Britannica article on what Cleopatra looked like: https://www.britannica.com/story/what-did-cleopatra-look-like . Some other reconstructions of Cleopatra: https://mysticalraven.com/art/11764/scientists-reveal-what-cleopatra-really-looked-like . Ancient Egyptian Mummy Genome article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5459999/ . Wikipedia entry on the Egyptian Race Controversy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_race_controversy . . . #Cleopatra #AncientEgypt #Sculpture #MarkAntony #JuliusCaesar #Photoshop #RoyalFamily #History #Royalty #EuropeanArt #EuropeanHistory #Drawing #GraphicDesign #HistoryMemes #Portrait #ArtRestoration #DigitalArt #ArtOnInstagram #HistoryNerd

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Венера Ботичелли (Симотта Веспуччи)

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Happy Valentines day! It’s only fitting to do Venus from Botticelli’s famous “The Birth of Venus”, painted during the height of the Italian Renaissance. The model for Venus is the gorgeous Simotta Vespucci, one of the artist’s muses. I think she’s one of the most beautiful females ever painted — do you think anyone tops her? Swipe to see a sneak peak of the creation video for this one, which is now live for Patreon supporters! . . As always, if you would like to support you can do so by joining the Patreon (www.patreon.com/royaltynow) or I have a “Tip Jar” here at www.paypalme/royaltynow. Any help is much appreciated. . . Left Image: Public Domain, Right Image base: with permission, @LesFleursduMallory and Gregg Thorne (Greggfoto.com)

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Александр Гамильтон

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I must admit, I didn’t know too much about Alexander Hamilton before starting this one — I haven’t had the opportunity to see the namesake musical that has put him back into the forefront of the American consciousness in the last few years. Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father of the United States, being an integral developer of the constitution as well as the founder of our financial system. Hamilton lived a massively interesting life filled with war, satesmanship, a sex scandal, a duel, and so much more. I’ve only scratched the surface with my research — what’s your favorite fact about him? . If you would like to support my work you can do so by joining the Patreon and gaining exclusive perks like seeing posts a week before they are posted here, seeing some of my greatest failures, and watching creation videos. (www.patreon.com/royaltynow) or I have a “Tip Jar” here at www.paypalme/royaltynow. This work costs money to create, so any help is much appreciated ❤️ . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: istock photo

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Маркиза де Помпадур (Жанна-Антуанетта Пуассон)

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Those of you who followed me for a long time may have seen my old, archived version of the enchanting mistress & confidante of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour. From time to time I revise and repost new versions. For some reason, this portrait of her by François Boucher was so intriguing to me. Her shy smile and eyes that aren’t quite a specific color were very enchanting, as I’m sure they were during her life. Check out Louis XV, who was a previous subject as well! . Jeanne Antoinette Poisson (known later as Madame de Pompadour) was a member of the French court in the mid 18th century. She was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to 1751, and remained influential as court favourite until her death. She was not born noble, but was raised in a wealthy household. An interesting fact I learned during my research was that she was actually groomed from a young age to become the mistress of a king. Supposedly her mother took her to a fortune teller that predicted she would one day reign over the heart of a King. She received a private education and was very quick witted — learning all the skills she would one day need to thrive at Versailles. As the king’s mistress she became a noblewoman and was considered a valuable aide and advisor. Pompadour was a major patroness of architecture and decorative arts, especially porcelain. She was a patroness of the philosophes of the Enlightenment, including Voltaire. . If you’re interested in supporting my work please consider donating a few bucks a month so I can purchase my software and the stock photos needed: patreon.com/royaltynow. You can also make a one-time donation at www.paypal.me/royaltynow. I appreciate my supporters so dearly. . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: Pexels.com. Information: based from Wikipedia. Created using @photoshop. . #Madamedepompadour #FrenchHistory #LouisXV #King #KingofFrance #Sunking #Louis XIV #Louis XVI #Pompadour #MadameDuBarry #Versailles #FrenchCourt #FrenchArt #Photoshop #RoyalFamily #History #Royalty #EuropeanArt #EuropeanHistory #Drawing #GraphicDesign #HistoryMemes #Portrait #ArtRestoration #DigitalArt #ArtOnInstagram

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Людовик XIV

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Louis XIV, known also as the Sun King, ruled France from 1643 until 1715, which is the longest reign in French history. France was a leading power during the reign of Louis, but it was a time period marked by near constant warfare. The Sun King was notoriously excessive, and he cared very much about his image and legacy. He commissioned over 300 portraits of himself during his lifetime (the portrait I’ve chosen here is Louis as a young man of 23). He saw maintaining the royal image as a political duty during the age of absolute monarchies in Europe. It’s clear that Louis was “photoshopped” in portraits after the age of 9 when he contracted smallpox, because a single scar is never seen in portraits. Louis was focused more on projecting a mythical image of himself rather than reality (which is similar to most kings and queens throughout the ages). Who knows how close the original portrait I worked from even resembles the king, but it’s a fun exercise nonetheless. I figured a man who was as extra as Louis and wore such insane wigs might have this stylish model blowout I chose on the right. If you’re interested in all things Louis, follow one of my faves @leroilouisxiv . If you’re interested in supporting my work please consider donating a few bucks a month so I can purchase my software and the stock photos needed: patreon.com/royaltynow. You can also make a one-time donation at www.paypal.me/royaltynow. I appreciate my supporters so dearly. . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: iStock Photo. . #LouisXIV #TheSunKing #SunKing #LouisXVI #LouisXV #MarieAntoinette #QueenAnne #Versailles #FrenchHistory #FrenchArt #EuropeanHistory #EuropeanArt #portrait #Drawing #GraphicDesign #HistoryMemes #Portrait #ArtRestoration #DigitalArt #ArtOnInstagram #HistoryNerd

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Марк Антоний

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A very frequently requested subject, here is Mark Antony! Let me tell you, this one gave me a run for my money. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a challenge but it was a fun one which left me poring over every detail. The only description I could find for his looks was that he had medium brown hair and hazel eyes, so that’s what I went with here. . Marcus Antonius (known in English as Mark Antony), lived from 83 BC until 30 BC. He was an influential Roman military leader and politician during the pivotal time in Roman history when the empire was transitioning from a Republic to an autocratic Empire. . Antony was a friend and supporter of Julius Caesar — they had served together during the Gallic wars and the Empire’s civil war (of which Julius Caesar emerged the victor). After Julius Caesar’s assassination, Antony, Octavian, and Marcus Lepidus joined forces to defeat Caesar’s assassins, eventually becoming a three-man dictatorship. A notorious partier, Mark Antony began his infamous love affair with Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Eventually, tensions between Antony and Octavian became too strong and broke into a civil war. Antony was married to Octavian’s sister while openly carrying out his love affair with the Egyptian queen, further straining the relationship between the two men. Octavian declared war on Cleopatra and marked Antony as a traitor. Antony was defeated by Octavian’s forces at the Battle of Actium. He then fled to Egypt, where both he and Cleopatra notoriously committed suicide. Octavian then became the first true Emperor of Rome, taking on the name Augustus — a former Royalty Now subject. . If you’re interested in supporting my work please consider donating a few bucks a month so I can purchase my software and the stock photos needed: patreon.com/royaltynow. You can also make a one-time donation at www.paypal.me/royaltynow. I appreciate my supporters so dearly. . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: iStock Photo. Information: based from Wikipedia. Created using @photoshop. . #MarkAntony #Cleopatra #JuliusCaesar #Rome #AncientHistory #AncientRome #RomanArt #HistoryofRome #Photoshop #RoyalFamily #History #Royalty #EuropeanArt #EuropeanHis

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