What The Most Famous Royals Looked Like When They Were Alive

Artistic recreations of historical monarchs bring legends to life. From full-blown 3D character models to realistic Photoshop renderings of kings and queens, these advanced images make ancient royals seem almost approachable. It's almost as if they're present on Earth once again.

The reconstruction techniques rely on digital overlays of paintings and sculptures. Sometimes, they're conjured from plaster death masks of the individuals' faces. The true forms of these famous monarchs are no longer steeped in mystery.