Modelling Mary

The team who created the 3D face of Richard III, have now been comissioned to produce a virtual face of Mary, Queen of Scots as she would have looked in her 20s. The image is part of the new exhibition at the Scottish National Museum in Edinburgh. (photo)

The experts, from the University of Dundee, used portraits, "3D modelling software and craniofacial templates" to re-recreate Mary's face. "What we wanted to do was depict how she would have looked at the time she lived in Scotland. Mary had quite a big nose and a strong chin so when you describe her verbally she doesn't sound attractive, but the paleness of her skin, red hair, and strong features meant she  had a very striking appearance," said Professor Caroline Wilkinson, from the Forensic and Medical Art Research Group, University of Dundee.