Is this Jesus’ face?
Dutch photographer and digital designer Bas Uterwijk has used artificial intelligence to create a ‘photograph’ of Jesus…or what he could have looked like.
Mr Uterwijk works on videogames and other works of digital art. He used ‘deep learning’ software called Artbreeder to recreate Jesus’ likeness. The software uses an approach that takes into account a wide number of data sources, including what people know of the subject.
The Bible includes few descriptions of Jesus’ earthly appearance, other than to suggest that he would not have stood out from a crowd.
The software concluded that Jesus would have had darker skin tones in keeping with those of the Galilean region.
It should be noted that Mr Uterwijk was not entirely reliant on the software, and made a few of his own judgements while creating the image, including to portray Jesus with shorter hair.
Mr Uterwijk’s other subjects include famous historical figures such as Elizabeth I, Napoleon, and George Washington.