What Historical Figures May Have Really Looked Like, According To CGI

We all have a general idea of what people like Julius Caesar and George Washington looked like. The images of these historical figures and more have been immortalized with the help of paintings, portraits, and sculptures made when they were still alive. But these works of art couldn’t possibly have been that accurate and in some cases, artists were ordered to flatter whoever commissioned them.

Thanks to modern technology, we’ve been able to find out what these people may have actually looked like, with facial reconstructions of these famous figures. If you saw Julius Caesar today, you might not think he was the ruthless general we all know him to be. Read on to see what he and other famous figures may have really looked like, according to computer-generated imagery.

King Tut

King Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh who reigned from 1332 to 1323 BC during Egypt’s New Kingdom era. Known simply as King Tut, the pharaoh ascended the throne when he was just around nine or ten years old.

king tuts real face revealed in study
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King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter. Sealed for more than 3,200 years, the tomb was completely intact, containing artifacts and treasures meant to accompany Tut in the afterlife. The young pharaoh only reigned for about ten years before he died and scientists discovered what contributed to Tut’s death after finding out what he looked like.