This is the first recreation with scientific validity and will be presented this Thursday in the book “Artigas face to face”
Artificial intelligence tools and photo editing software were used to arrive at the recreation of the face of Artigas. (Book "Artigas Face to Face"/Marciano Durán Rivero and Marciano Durán Laxague)
Various artists have recreated the face of José Gervasio Artigas: from the famous work “Artigas at the gate of the Citadel”, by Juan Manuel Blanes, to the portrait made by the Frenchman Demersay with the intention of portraying the time in which Artigas passed through his old age. However, each work was carried out with different intentions, among them that of strengthening the image of him as a hero of the country, crossed by the need to establish the figure of the hero.
“Artigas at the gate of the Citadel”, oil painting by Juan Manuel Blanes (1886)< p class="paragraph">For this reason, there are dozens of interpretations of Artigas that, under the premise of portraying the same person, have achieved images with more differences than similarities between them: from a blond Artigas to a bald one; from an intimidating Artigas with a hard look, to a weak and devoted one.
This Thursday, the first realistic version of Artigas' face that has scientific validity will be presented at the Uruguayan Book Fair, according to reported El País. It is a portrait included in the book “Artigas face to face” -from the Tres Marías publishing house- and made by Marciano Durán Rivero and Marciano Durán Laxague .
As explained by the authors, through artificial intelligence tools and photo editing software, they achieved regression in their age and a “hyperrealistic” finish. “It is a photo that impacts. It is exciting to see it and to know that it could have been like that,” said Durán Rivero about the portrait that shows an Artigas who is around 60 years old, dressed in his softy uniform.
The portrait of Artigas made by Demersay (around 1847) is considered the only representation of the Uruguayan hero made with life
This representation began with Demersay's drawing -the only one by Artigas from life-, then put forward in 2012 by the American Stephen Mancusi, a forensic portraitist who worked on major cases such as the 9/11 attack. Through testimonies of the time, photographs of descendants and Demersay's lithography, Mancusi achieved a detailed recreation of the face that was later converted to three-dimensionality by Fernando Foglino, head of the Uruguayan 3D National Heritage Archive. Later, the Chilean Progreso foundation made two material pieces of the bust.
“This is what it is all about: reducing the world's greatest hero from Minas and giving him human stature. It is a question of transforming the bronze into flesh, of lowering it for a while from the altar. It is about disarming the frames and removing it from the paintings; to remove it from the solemnity of hymns and from the death of mausoleums; to invite him to come down from that plateau so high that he can get his feet wet in Uruguay. It's about extending your hand so that they come down from the marble pedestals of the squares and sit down to talk with people”, says an excerpt from the book published by El País.
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Artigas in Paraguay by Eduardo Carbajal (1873)