Néfertiti, Jules César, Alexandre Le Grand… À quoi auraient-ils ressemblé s'ils avaient vécu au 21e siècle ?

Nefertiti, Jules César, Alexandre Le Grand... A quoi auraient-ils ressemblé s'ils avaient vécu au 21e siècle?
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Le compte Instagram "Royalty Now" vous propose d’imaginer à quoi auraient pu ressembler les personnages historiques s’ils avaient vécu à notre époque.

L’artiste Becca Saladin, graphiste de formation et passionnée d’Histoire, a créé un compte Instagram dédié aux grandes personnalités de notre histoire : Néfertiti, Jules César, Alexandre Le Grand, Louis XIV. La particularité de ce compte est que l’artiste transpose ces personnages historiques au 21e siècle. "Je crois que les choses du passé sont celles qui humanisent vraiment : les corps de Pompéi, les momies incas parfaitement préservées, les objets personnels de ceux qui sont disparus depuis longtemps… J’ai toujours pensé que ce serait vraiment incroyable de voir les événements historiques et les gens de l’époque de la façon dont ils se sont réellement produits et de leur apparence", explique l’artiste sur son compte Instagram.

Du point de vue de "Royalty Now", Jules César ne porte donc plus de toge ni de couronne de lauriers. Becca Saladin l’imagine à la place portant une chevelure marron et un costume décontracté. De même pour Louis XIV, ancien roi de France que l’on découvre avec une coupe de hipster. Des cheveux mi-longs jusqu’aux épaules, une barbe légèrement négligée, habillé en costume-cravate pour coller à sa fonction royale.

Pour chacun des personnages revisités, Becca Saladin donne une brève explication de qui était la personne et pourquoi elle a eu envie de se le/la réapproprier. Pour Louis XIV, l’artiste explique le côté narcissique du roi qui, au cours de sa vie, a commandé plus de 300 portraits de lui-même : "Le portrait que j’ai choisi est une représentation de Louis XIV à 23 ans. […] Louis XIV a été "photoshopé" dans ses portraits après l’âge de 9 ans, âge auquel il a contracté la variole. Le roi n’est jamais représenté avec des cicatrices dans ses portraits. Louis XIV se concentrait davantage sur la projection d’une image mythique de lui-même que sur la réalité (comme la plupart des rois et reines à travers les époques)."

"Royalty now" existe depuis février 2019 et est suivi par près de 242.000 followers. L’artiste estime que réactualiser des personnages historiques de cette façon est aussi un moyen d’intéresser la jeune génération à l’Histoire.

Becca Saladin n’est pas la seule artiste à se réapproprier des œuvres/personnages historiques. Dans un autre article, nous vous parlions de l’artiste japonais Isuka, qui transpose des personnages célèbres à l’époque actuelle, sous le prisme des réseaux sociaux.

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The theme of this week seems to be revisiting my old work and creating better versions. I know this one has been a fan favorite for some time, and since I knew it would be a popular print item, I actually had to redo it completely because the original is actually too small to be of print quality! So this is Caesar, revisited, with more accurate & realistic features. I’m really proud of this revisitation. . Please check out the Royalty Now Etsy shop (direct link in bio), or send me a message if you are interested in a print of Caesar. There will be bookmarks of him coming soon as well. UK buyers - please message me if you are interested in a print but Etsy shipping is too expensive. I can send you a print much more inexpensively using regular USPS First Class mail, but it won’t have tracking on it. Also feel free to message me if you are interested in a print of a subject that is not listed yet, or have a custom request. I am just now getting this going so I am very open. . If you’re interested in supporting my work in other ways, here are a few ways to support: Patreon: Link in Bio Paypal: www.paypal.me/royaltynow Venmo: @Becca-Saladin . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: iStock photo. Created using @photoshop. . #JuliusCaesar #AncientHistory #RomanHistory #Rome #Emperor #Photomanipulation #Editing #DigitalArt #DigitalDrawing #Edits #Photoedits #Retouching #portrait #Drawing #GraphicDesign #HistoryMemes #Portrait #ArtRestoration #DigitalArt #ArtOnInstagram #History

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I’ve been wanting to recreate Elizabeth I using a different portrait for a while. I wanted to do a portrait of an older Elizabeth since she was a long-reigning queen - she was 42 at the time she sat for this portrait. Honestly, this is one of my favorite creations I’ve made. I love how elegant she looks as a chic, modern-day Englishwoman. I lowered the plucked hairline (popular for her era), gave her some blush and a more natural skin tone (she is wearing lead makeup in this portrait), and added some well-earned wrinkles that I’m sure she would have in modern-day. When you compare this one to my original Elizabeth creation (created over a year ago), I feel like I’ve grown leaps and bounds and that is super rewarding to see as a creator. After all, if you’re not embarrassed by your old works you’re probably not doing it right ;) . There are prints of this work available! Etsy.com/shop/royaltynow . If you’re interested in supporting my work please consider donating a few bucks so I can purchase my software and the stock photos needed :) A few ways to support: Patreon: Patreon.com/Royaltynow Paypal: www.paypal.me/royaltynow Venmo: @Becca-Saladin . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: iStock photo. Created using @photoshop . #ElizabethI #Tudors #AnneBoleyn #MaryI #EdwardVI #HenryVIII #HenryVII #BritishHistory #EnglishHistory #Photomanipulation #Editing #DigitalArt #DigitalDrawing #Edits #Photoedits #Retouching #portrait #Drawing #GraphicDesign #HistoryMemes #Portrait #ArtRestoration #DigitalArt #ArtOnInstagram #History

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Wanted to do a little bonus update post today, because I make some updates from time to time on older works utilizing more techniques I’ve learned over the years. He’s been a favorite post of mine since the beginning! . A little bit about my depiction: Alexander had a condition called Heterochromia, which is where the eyes are a patchwork of colors or each eye is a different color. Descriptions of him give him golden curly hair (which is why I made his skin tone a bit lighter as well). He also was likely gay or bisexual (despite those labels being more of a modern construction than ancient peoples’ notion of them), so happy pride month y’all ‍ . If you’re interested in supporting my work please consider donating a few bucks a month so I can purchase my software and the stock photos needed: patreon.com/royaltynow. You can also make a one-time donation at www.paypal.me/royaltynow. I appreciate my supporters so dearly. . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: iStock photo. Created using @photoshop.

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Idia was the mother of Esigie, who ruled as the Oba of Benin from 1504-1540 in what is now the modern-day Edo State in Nigeria. She was described as a great warrior who was integral in the rise and reign of her son who was the oba (king) of the Edo people. . I’ve been wanting to do an African royal for a while, but it wasn’t until I saw this Ivory Mask of Idia online that I thought it was one I could actually accomplish. So many traditional African portraits are very stylized as that was the preferred method of depicting rulers (there are only small figurines of her son Esigie, who was the king), which makes them incredibly difficult to work from in terms of creating a realistic likeness. I had some wonderful followers of the Benin/Edo culture help me out on the styling with this one. . There is a timelapse creation video of this one available for Patreon supporters! www.patreon.com/royaltynow if you would like to check that out. Virtual Tip Jar is here at www.paypalme/royaltynow. This work costs money to create, so any help is much appreciated . Left Portrait: Public Domain, Right Portrait base: iStock photo & Alamy Stock Photos

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Katherine Howard (c. 1523 – 13 February 1542) was Queen of England for only 16 months as the fifth wife of Henry VIII. Katherine was actually the cousin of Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn (an image we have done before). When they married, he was 49 and she only 16 or 17. Katherine was accused of adultery and executed by the King, ending her short reign as the Queen of England. . . . #TudorHistory #KatherineHoward #CatherineHoward #KingHenryVIII #AnneBoleyn #EnglishHistory #BritishHistory #KatherineofAragon #SixWives #FifthWife #RoyaltyNow #RoyalHistory #EnglishRoyalty #BritishRoyalty #RoyalFamily #Monarchs #Monarchy #MonarchsofEngland #History #Photoshop #GraphicDesign

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