Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, c.1670, Brought To Life

Published June 20, 2022 1,115 Views

► Leopold I Habsburg, Holy Roman Emperor, portrait painting after Benjamin von Block, c.1670, brought to life!
► In this video you'll see Leopold I come to life with facial motion, age progression and other AI variations as part of the series Historical Figures Brought To Life.

LEOPOLD I HABSBURG, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (Leopold Ignaz Joseph Balthasar Felician; Hungarian: I. Lipót; born in Vienna, 9 June 1640 – 5 May 1705, aged 64) was Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia. The second son of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, by his first wife, Maria Anna of Spain, Leopold was a devout Catholic destined for the church. Leopold became heir apparent in 1654 at age 14, by the death of his elder brother Ferdinand IV. He had to take his brother's place and abandon clerical vows in order to become the dynastic patriarch. Elected in 1658, Leopold ruled the Holy Roman Empire until his death in 1705, becoming the longest-ruling Habsburg emperor (46 years and 9 months). His reign saw the consolidation of the Monarchy after the Thirty Years’ War and the decisive victories against the Ottoman Empire that enabled the Habsburg Monarchy to become one of the leading Great Powers in Europe. Leopold fought three wars against France: the Franco-Dutch War, the Nine Years' War, and the War of the Spanish Succession. When peace returned with the Treaty of Rastatt, Austria could not be said to have emerged as triumphant as it had from the war against the Turks. The reign of Leopold saw some important changes made in the constitution of the Empire. In 1663 the Imperial Diet entered upon the last stage of its existence, and became a body permanently in session at Regensburg. This perpetual diet would become a vital tool for consolidation of Habsburg power under Leopold. Leopold was a man of industry and education, and during his later years, he showed some political ability. Regarding himself as an absolute sovereign, he was extremely tenacious of his rights. Greatly influenced by the Jesuits, he was a staunch proponent of the Counter-Reformation. In person, he was short, but strong and healthy. Although he had no inclination for a military life, he loved exercise in the open air, such as hunting and riding; he also had a taste and talent for music. Leopold was both a composer, having composed several Oratorios and Suites of Dances and was considerable patron of music. Perhaps due to inbreeding among his progenitors, the hereditary Habsburg jaw was most prominent in Leopold. Because his jaw was depicted unusually large on a 1670 silver coin, Leopold was nicknamed "the Hogmouth"; however, most collectors do not believe the coin was an accurate depiction. In 1666, he married Margaret Theresa of Spain (1651–1673), daughter of King Philip IV of Spain, who was both his niece and his first cousin. Leopold and Margaret Theresa had four children, only one was to survive into adulthood. His second wife was Claudia Felicitas of Austria, who died in 1676 at the age of 22. Neither of their two daughters survived. His third wife was Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg and they had 10 children together, including Holy Roman Emperors: Joseph I and Charles VI. Leopold I was a defining figure in the history of the Habsburg dynasty. [portrait painting after Benjamin von Block, c.1670]
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Please note, the photo of the subject has been digitally manipulated and brought to life using AI technology (neural networks). Image has been enhanced, colorized and facial motion added (including smiling, age progression etc.), using AI tools and Photoshop. This video is part of a series where old photos and paintings are skilfully reconstructed and brought to life. AI generated portraits may not be historically accurate.
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