Google App Finds Your Fine Art Lookalike

17 January, 2018, 03:00 | Author: Shannon Newton
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An update to the Google Arts & Culture app now enables users take a selfie and let the app use Google's visual analysis and search technology to find a famous portrait picture that bears the closet likeness to the selfie-snapping person.

The Arts and Culture app was originally created to promote pieces of art and culture in the course of virtual tours round the world's most famed fine art museums, the Guggenheim Museum in Spain's Bilbao and the Dutch Rijksmuseum just to name a few.

When I first opened the app, I didn't really know what to do or where to go.

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"Take a selfie and discover if your portrait is in a museum", the app's description says of its "Is your portrait in a museum?" project.

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. Also, we can always imagine the possibilities if Chicago ever gets access to the selfie museum app!

While Google has said that this is an experimental feature only, American technology and culture magazine Inverse has already touted Google Arts & Culture Face Match as the "Best New App of 2018". Once it's installed, fire it up and scroll down until you see "Is your portrait in a museum?"

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The Google Arts & Culture app has created quite a frenzy with users all over the world, sharing their museum match on social networking sites.

There's one huge, glaring problem with the update: The selfie feature works everywhere in the United States except for Texas and IL. The app would need access to the front camera to click a photo. The app then generates a side-by-side graphic and a percentage match.

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

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