Have you ever wondered what your favorite historical figure would look like in the 21st century? Thanks to technology and artist renditions, you now know! These photos depict what famous historical characters would look like today.
19. Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette is just about as famous as any French queen could get. Thanks to her, France saw its revolution that overthrew the monarchy in that late 1700s. This artist rendition of her shows her to be a young, sophisticated woman by today’s standards.
Apparently Elvis Presley would take to the hipster culture if he were in his prime today.
17. Emily Dickinson
Poet Emily Dickinson would have a casual and comfortable style if she were to be alive today. Her long flowing locks look much more suiting than her mid-1800s updo.
16. Jane Austen
This depiction shows what author Jane Austen would like like in modern times. She has more defined facial features according to this photo, than her previous portraits suggest.
15. Nicolaus Copernicus
This rendition shows what astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the guy who came up with the sun-centered universe model, would look like today. He lived from 1473- 1543, and until now, only sketches of what he may have looked like existed.
While Jesus is typically portrayed as a white male with blue eyes, it’s more probable he resembled the photo on the right given biblical geography.
13. Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I ruled in England from 1558 until her death in 1603. This updated photo shows what the sophisticated queen would most likely look like today. An upgraded hairstyle and some makeup add definition to her features.
12. Saint Nicholas
We all know the story of jolly ol’ Saint Nick, but now we know what he may have looked like. Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas, a Christian saint dating back to 270-343 AD. He was also known as a “wonderworker” for many of the miracles that took place during his time.
11. Queen Nefertiti
Egyptian queen Neferneferuaten Nefertiti was alive around 1350 BC and is widely recognized for her role as wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. In today’s world, Nefertiti would slightly resemble Solange Knowles’ style with the same amount of fierceness.
10. King Henry VIII
King Henry VIII is famous for his six wives, and this rendition does make him look like a man to be taken seriously.
9. Artist Emily Carr
Ms. Carr was a Canadian artist who died in 1945. An upgraded style easily transforms her into the 21st century.
8. Annie Oakley
Sharpshooter Annie Oakley didn’t live past 1926, but a messy bun would have suited her just fine.
7. King Edward VIII
King Edward VIII is seen pictured at age 17. He gave up his throne shortly after becoming king in order to marry a woman deemed not worthy of being queen.
6. Horatio Nelson
Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy in the late 1700s. This updated photo of him could almost pass for a navy officer today.
5. Empress Josephine Of France
Josephine was the wife of Napoleon I, making her an empress of France. I personally prefer her with a free-flowing shoulder-length hairstyle of modern times.
4. Marie Antoinette Pt. 2
This artist’s rendition of Marie Antoinette is quite as forgiving as the first. Here, she is updated to match the spoiled, ignorant woman history portrays.
3. King Richard III
The king’s skeleton was unearthed in England and researchers found he hardly resembled the villain portrayed in Shakespeare plays.
2. William Shakespeare
The great playwrite would also gravitate towards a hip look if he were to have lived past 1616.