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The Face of Eleonore of Aquitaine

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The Face of Eleonore of Aquitaine

Post by Rowan » Thu January 12th, 2012, 4:13 am

I just saw this on Facebook via Medievalists.net. It's a short video on YouTube. Just look it up (thhe tile of the post is the title of the video) and see the amazing work this artist has done! She truly was beautiful!! There's one for her husband and for Richard II. Hopefully more will be forthcoming.

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Post by fljustice » Thu January 12th, 2012, 3:58 pm

Beautiful and bit creepy. Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVOFwLfchWA
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Post by Misfit » Thu January 12th, 2012, 5:10 pm

There's also one they've done on Richard I. I'm at work, can't go hunting down things on FB and YouTube :o
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Post by LoveHistory » Thu January 12th, 2012, 8:40 pm

Interesting. But it is a technology that is limited because it is based on the images from their tombs; images which may or may not be accurate. The Eleanor one doesn't really make her look at that beautiful, and I was puzzled by the repeated changes in facial proportions, sometimes her mouth was higher and sometimes lower, sometimes her face was shorter and sometimes longer.

I'll comment on some of the others after I've watched them.

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Post by LoveHistory » Thu January 12th, 2012, 9:35 pm

Henry II. Nice blue eyes they gave him but not exactly the god-like looker he was made out to be. Red hair. And doesn't look like Peter O' Toole at all. :D

Richard I. Ok, they moved his ears. Why would they do that? Interesting progression. The lighting on his was much darker ultimately. Made him look rather on the blond side. Is there any historical evidence to suggest that his hair color would have been on the golden side? I've never really thought of him as blond.

Marie Antoinette. They didn't change the nose proportionally to the other age-regression they did. Should have made her smile. Even so by this rendering she was lovely.

Cleopatra. Interesting. They didn't mess with her face or proportions too much. I'm more inclined to consider this one accurate than most of the others. My mistake. At the end they did change her nose. Still they didn't do a total rhinoplasty, so I give them points for that. Oh wait, there's a second one with a frontal view from an existing bust. If that one is accurate she had lovely eyes but looked like a man in drag.

Alexander the Great. Not enough age regression. Blond hair doesn't look right and I can't tell but I think they've given him one blue and one green. The lighting and expression combine to make him look really unhappy.

Julius Caesar. Not bad. Would have liked them to take another decade or so off.

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Post by rebecca » Fri January 13th, 2012, 1:04 am

I thought it rather fascinating. I wonder if they will photoshop Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, I'd like to see it.

Bec :)

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Post by EC2 » Sat January 14th, 2012, 12:21 pm

Interesting fluff IMO. A nice time waster. :)
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Post by Nefret » Tue January 17th, 2012, 5:24 am

Those were pretty cool.
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Post by DianeL » Tue January 31st, 2012, 2:25 am

Marie got quite the cosmetic surgery job, and they all got airbrushed and rather idealized - but still a neat diversion! Thank you for the link. :)
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