Match Your Selfie to a Famous Painting With Google's Art App

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Art & Design Editor16 January 2018

Ever wondered what you’d look like as an oil painting? Well, Google’s brilliant Arts & Culture app can now match your selfie to famous paintings in international museums and the results are amazing.

Over the weekend, the app’s mid-December feature release, ‘Is your portrait in a museum?’, went viral thanks to people posting their doppelgänger portraits on Facebook and Twitter.

The recent rise in use has catapulted the two-year-old art app to the number one slot on both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

Google Art and Culture app

The feature’s premise is simple: take a selfie through the app and your face will be matched via impressive computer vision technology to a number of paintings held in collections around the world.

Maybe you’ve been immortalised by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Whistler or Van Gogh and just never knew.

Everyone’s been trying it out with surprising outcomes.

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From scarily spot on to downright comical, the app has made thousands of comparisons.

Some people have even used images of political figures such as Donald Trump to see what the app will return. And well, what can we say, we like what we see.

The genius feature doesn’t just stop at matching humans, you can even try to find the oil painting version of your pets.

There’s just one catch: the feature is currently only available to certain states in America – sorry, Illinois and Texas, and the rest of the world.

But with this quick hack, you too can see if you were an oil painting in a former life that has been gazed upon by countless museum visitors. Download a VPN app that will hide your location and reload the Google app and voila, you can start discovering your arty self.

If you’d rather wait until the feature is available to your location, then you can still enjoy all the other aspects of the app, including being able to zoom in on works of art so blobs of paint feel as if you can touch them, take virtual tours of international museums, learn more about your favourite art or artist and curate personal collections.