Roman EmperorS: Photoreal Project. 54 Machine-learning assisted portraits of EMPERORS

Over 800 images of busts were tansformed, or restoreds to make the 54 emperors of The Principate

Roman emperor

Roman Emperors
Photoreal Project



Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, artist Daniel Voshart created photoreal portraits of Roman Emperors. For this project, he transformed, or restored (cracks, noses, ears etc.) 800 images of busts to make the 54 emperors of The Principate (27 BC to 285 AD).

The Principate — Notes and References

Roman Emperors Photoreal Project. The technology behind it

Gold text and marble detail (Maximinus Thrax)
Gold text and marble detail (Maximinus Thrax)

About the author

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. He worked as a cinematographer, shooting the MDF Trilogy (Dir. Kazik Radwanski), music videos for Bishop Morocco and Trust(Dir. Eva Michon), concept films for fashion brands Minnow Collection, Calla and Rita Liefhebber, and the acclaimed feature film Tower (Dir. Kazik Radwanski). His films have screened at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals including Berlinale, Locarno, Viennale, Toronto, Edinburgh, MoMA’s New Directors/New Films and Slamdance, and have been honoured with two Canada’s Top Ten selections, a Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance and two Genie Award nominations. (Film CV)

In 2015 Daniel completed a Masters of Architecture at the University of Toronto with a focus on sustainable design and VR. For two years, he worked at Linebox Studio, an architecture firm with offices in Ottawa and Toronto, integrating a VR workflow into both residential and commercial projects. In 2018 he became VR Specialist on Star Trek: Discovery.

The Emperor Assisted Portrait Project is a quarantine project.

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