This website uses AI to turn your selfies into haunted classical portraits

A selection of portraits produced by the AI Portrait Ars model.

Bored of using AI to age yourself into a desiccated husk? Why not use it to turn your selfies into harrowing but artistic portraits instead? Head over to, home of a fun little widget built by researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, and upload a photo to try out an artistic transformation for yourself.

The site uses an algorithm trained on 45,000 classical portraits to render your face in faux oil, watercolor, or ink. There’s a huge number of styles included in this database, covering artists from Rembrandt to Titian to van Gogh, with each input producing a unique portrait.

The algorithm doesn’t just copy the lines of your facial features, but it uses them as a base to generate an entirely new…

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