|King Henry IV of France|
This is where 3-D biometric renderings are so fascinating. They add a depth and reality to history. One gets to actually see through the wonders of artistically neutral medical science how these people actually looked. You get to see the height (or lack there of), the true skin tone, deformities saved from the artists' pleasing hands. As a historian I find the reality of these re-creations truly enlightening. Seeing these people how their contemporaries and charges saw them puts their story in a clearer light. The final result of these figures is incredible life-like in art and history.
|Queen Nefertiti of Egypt|
Unfortunately, what is needed in these cases is an intact skull. Those are few and far between. If you do have a skull is it the real skull or a fake? Yet where you do on both counts the results are quite magical. I give credit to the actors and actresses who have portrayed these figures over the years. They have been the ones who we have relied on to perform this enjoyable task. I take nothing away from their craft. They, along with artists who try to be a real as possible, will always be a part of historical re-creation. These renderings will be a small subset due to the lack of available brain boxes, but where and when they can be done I look forward to seeing them.
As I was reading through the comments on a Facebook posting of this subject one poster made an interesting point. Why not put these models in modern clothes to see what they would look like in the modern era? While that has been done in the past it still would be neat idea to see their modern selves.
In addition to cool uses for this maturing art form would be applying this science to the non-famous people throughout history. I'm sure some have been done, I just can't dig any up at the moment. Google image search gets more useless every day. Anyhow...
Here is a link to Mental Floss which has more of these images and links to their parent sights.