Have you ever wondered how different historical figures may have really looked like?

Dutch photographer and digital artist Bas Uterwijk has been studying iconic figures from history to present depictions of what they may have looked like in real life. Using his knowledge of 3D animation and special effects he also put his talents to work in bringing to life Alexander the Great, the Greek king of Macedon, who conquered most of the known world of his time.

Using digital manipulation work, he created a face for Alexander the Great which was accompanied with a quote by the great warrior himself: “I am not afraid of an army of Lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

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Instagram users informed the artist that Alexander had heterochromatic eyes (think David Bowie), others pointed to the fair complexion. Mr Uterwijk said that he “left some room for interpretation”.

Other portraits featured on Mr Uterwijk’s Instagram page include Jesus, Caligula, Seneca, the baker Terentius Nero and his wife who lived in Pompeii and many more.