The face of the great Renaissance artist, Raphael, has been recreated in 3D five hundred years after his death.
Using 3D imaging software, a group of scientists from Rome University have succeeded in reconstructing his face from a plaster cast of his presumed skull that was made in 1833.
"This technique allows us to identify the face of the individual to a precision of 85 percent. This means that anyone living in Raphael's time, who knew him, would have recognized him from this reconstruction."
But the artist who always sought perfection may have tweaked his nose in his self-portraits scientists noted that his nose definitely looked more "refined" in his paintings than in the computer-generated image.
The scientists say they'll continue to work to determine the color of his hair as well as his eyes.