Google App Finds Your Fine Art Lookalike

Otis Hoffman
January 17, 2018

As yet another emerging trend in the fast-moving internet industry, it seems Google lit a fire on social media by updating its Google Arts & Culture app. What gives? According to TechCrunch, the selfie-feature is still experimental and is blocked in certain regions-including ours.

As you can see here, though Google receives any selfies you take through the app, the company promises it's only holding onto the image for a limited time - the duration of the time the app takes to match your face with a portrait.

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Whether you're into selfies or not - and whether the selfie feature is available in your area or not - you can still use Google Arts & Culture to check out tons of incredible art.

Predictably, many have been using the Google app to find art historical doppelgangers for their favorite celebrities, from Jared Leto to Jennifer Lopez - sometimes with a little Photoshop trickery. It's now no. 1 on both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. Why leave up it to a creepy and invasive Silicon Valley algorithm to find your fine art twin when you can stop by the Art Institute or other local art museums and galleries and document it the old-fashioned way?

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Users should then scroll down to the section that says "Is your portrait in a museum?" Since the update, the Google Arts & Culture app went viral, moving into the number one spot on the free apps lists for both iPhone and Android.

But before this troubling 21st century invention is inevitably turned against us, some of us are having a little fun with it. Case in point: The Google Arts and Culture app, which now sits atop download charts because of a function that allows users to find their doppelgangers in the collections of the world's great art museums.

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After tapping "Get Started", Google warned me that it would send my selfies to Google.


From there, you take the selfie with your smartphone camera, and see what Google comes up with. But that's not why the app has gone viral, hitting the top of the download charts this week.

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Are you more of a Botticelli or a Van Gogh? One of these is the Twitter user catland rose dewitt bukater, who wrote that she was upset about the fact that the app was not available in Chicago.

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