Previously, it was very difficult to restore old and damaged photos. However, since AI (artificial intelligence) was born, many applications developed based on it have helped recreate old photos vividly and clearly.
Not only that, AI can also rely on ancient paintings or documents to “draw” portraits of many famous figures in history. And each set of photos, after being published, attracts a lot of people’s attention.
Recently, Chinese experts used AI-based deep learning to “recreate” the faces of Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei. Let’s follow the results they have achieved!
Liu Bei also known as Han Chieu Liet (161 – 223), courtesy name Xuan De, was the founding Emperor of the state of Gui Han (Shu Han), a politician and military leader in the late Eastern Han Dynasty, early Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history. Born into a poor family, Liu Bei had to work to make a living from a young age. His political career began with his participation in suppressing the Yellow Turban Rebellion, then became a mandarin in the court. However, his path was not favorable at first. When the Han Dynasty weakened and the war broke out, Liu Bei and his two sworn brothers, Guan Yu and Truong Phi, rose up to form new forces to participate in this war.
Liu Bei is described in the book Three Kingdoms as being seven and a half meters tall, without a beard, very large ears, and very long arms reaching to his knees. In terms of personality, he is a quiet person who does not show his joy or anger.
In the picture of Liu Bei recreated by AI from an ancient painting, this emperor is completely different from the characters in movies revolving around the theme of the Three Kingdoms. Liu Bei “drawn” by AI has a high forehead, plump figure and a face filled with the majesty of an emperor.
Guan Yu (? – 220) also known as Quan Cong, courtesy name Van Truong, was a famous general during the late Eastern Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period in China. Quan Vu was from Giai Luong, Ha Dong district (now Van Thanh, Son Tay province). The Romance of the Three Kingdoms claims that he was from Bo Chau. He was a great contributor to the establishment of the Shu Han dynasty, but his failure to hold Kinh Chau was one of the reasons leading to the significant weakening of the Shu Han dynasty.
In folklore, Guan Yu is often considered a sworn brother to Liu Bei and Zhang Fei, and the leader of the Five Tiger Generals of the Shu Han Dynasty. Quan Vu was considered a talented general with powerful martial arts skills, and was considered by his contemporaries to be a talented general “strong enough to rival thousands of people, the tiger god of a time, has the dignity of a national hero”.
In the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, writer La Guanzhong describes the character Guan Yu: “Huyen Duc looked at him and saw that he was nine meters tall, his beard was two meters long, his face was as red as gauze, his lips were painted with lipstick, his eyes were phoenix and his eyebrows were silken, majestic and majestic.” The image of Guan Yu is described in Chinese folklore “solemn, brave and courageous”.
AI relied on old descriptions and paintings to create a portrait of Guan Yu. The AI-built Guan Yu also has a red face, but his eyebrows pulled high on his forehead make him look quite fierce.
Zhang Fei (163 – 221) from Ich Duc, Romance of the Three Kingdoms recorded as Duc Duc, a famous general of the Shu Han Dynasty during the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history. In the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by La Guanzhong, the character Truong Phi, Liu Bei and Guan Yu form a brotherhood in the peach garden. He is the youngest of three people.
Truong Phi is from Trac District (now Trac Chau, Bao Dinh prefecture, Hebei province). He grew up in a wealthy family, worked as a wine seller, and was educated in both martial arts and books. Truong Phi writes beautifully and as an artist, he has a knack for painting beautiful women.
Truong Phi is described in the book Three Kingdoms “Eight meters tall, leopard head, round eyes, upside-down tiger whiskers, swallow jaw”. Truong Phi’s appearance is envisioned as fierce. After AI recovery, we can see Truong Phi in ancient paintings and photos, not much different but completely different from the movie. Truong Phi’s face can really make others scared when they first meet.
Zhuge Liang (181 – 234), alias Khong Minh, alias Ngoa Long, was Prime Minister, founding father of the country, politician, diplomat, military commander, educator, and also a technical inventor famous of the Gui Han Dynasty (Shu Han) during the Three Kingdoms period. Zhuge Liang was a native of Duong Do (now Nghi Nam district, Shandong province) in Lang Nha district during the Eastern Han Dynasty.
Zhuge Liang helped Liu Bei build the Shu Han dynasty, forming the Three Kingdoms cauldron, the Shu-Wu alliance against Wei. He is said to be one of the greatest and most brilliant strategists during the Three Kingdoms period.
According to the proposal “Zhuge Liang episode” by Tran Tho describes Zhuge Liang: “There are few such talented people, with a heroic spirit, eight meters tall, and a handsome appearance that is different from ordinary people.”
However, in the photo “drawn” by AI, Zhuge Liang does not look like a god. Even his appearance looked quite ordinary and less attractive than described in old history books.
Relief crew also known as Dieu Thien, is a famous beautiful beauty appearing in Chinese folk legends. This widely known character originates from the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms fictionalized by La Quan Trung based on folk legends.
With a beauty that is compared to Holding the Moon (making the moon shy and hiding behind the clouds), Diao Chan is considered one of the Four Great Chinese Beauties in contemporary Chinese culture. As expected, AI restored Dieu Thuyen’s face with an extremely beautiful appearance.