Snap a Selfie and Find Your Fine Art Doppelgänger

Snap a Selfie and Find Your Fine Art Doppelgänger

Users can now take a selfie and the app will match the person with museum portraits that look the most like them.

Google Arts & Culture is a project by the tech giant which collaborates with more than 1,200 global museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available online for all to see.

Free-Photos / PixabayHow to use Google Arts & Culture app outside the U.S.

The app launched November 30, 2015, as a way to offer virtual tours of over 1,000 museums, and comes with a companion website that offers museum tours ("go inside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao", in Spain, ) and contemporary pitches on art education-"Ten things you didn't know about Vincent Van Gogh". It basically became an app that matches the photos of users with portraits or artwork that are supposed to have a close or even uncanny resemblance to them.

This isn't the first neat feature from Google's Arts & Culture division, as its Chrome extension allows you to set new tabs to open with a different work of art every day.

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If you live somewhere that doesn't have access to the feature just yet, a good way to stay aware of when it's coming your way is by following the Google Arts & Culture account on Twitter.

In all seriousness, the processing time is minimal and there's a hilarious moment of suspense as you wait for the app to tell you which art work your face most closely resembles. If the app has been downloaded before, users should update it to its latest 6.0.5 version. It then compares the face to a bank of selected artwork to find matches.

Get the app, and scroll down to find the "Is your face in a museum?" project.

I opened the menu on the left, which is full of stuff but doesn't have a "take selfie" option.

The app also displays the percentage of match for each image. Users can share the results on social media - something that has contributed significantly to the app's virality.

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