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Google Can Use Your Selfie to Find Your Fine Art Doppelgänger


Google’s Art & Culture app has been around since 2016, but the latest update harnesses machine-learning technology for an interesting purpose: it can now help you find your doppelgänger in the art world using a selfie photo.

Once you’ve snapped a selfie with your smartphone, the app will spit out a list of your art lookalikes. There are over 70,000 artworks in the database of the Google Art Project, and the likenesses that it comes up with are quite something.

Currently, the feature seems to only be available in the USA, but if you have access, you can update the app and scroll down to the “Is Your Portrait in a Museum?” link.

Twitter has seen a flood of art doppelgängers being posted online as a result, and here are some of the best.

So what’s the point of all this? In an effort to engage a wider audience and help them to discover new artworks, the app will provide you with a wealth of information about your doppelgänger. Hitting “View Artwork” will show you the full version of the portrait, as well as details like the materials used, the date it was created, and more.

The Google Art & Culture app is available to download for Android and iOS devices.

(via Google via DPReview)