Although historians tend to disregard this topic, forensic facial reconstruction has actually helped change the image we’ve had of historical figures, which, so far, were only based on images they or their descendants had approved.
We’d like to show you the human side of historical figures and what they really looked like when they were alive.
Nefertiti, the first wife of pharaoh Akhenaten, was universally known for her beauty. After her husband’s death, she briefly ruled the kingdom, but her influence in the Ancient World was undeniable. The CGI reconstruction shows her wearing eyeliner, an Egyptian invention that would protect the eyes from infections and that had a spiritual parallel with the curse known as the “evil eye.” Traces of eye makeup were found in her mummy’s chemical analysis.
One of the most famous German composers, Bach, was prolific in his time. It was documented that he suffered from eye conditions that would’ve made his eyelids swell. A slight asymmetry also made his face very unique.