Google’s Art Selfie 2 Uses AI to Turn You Into a Renaissance Painting

Google has released Art Selfie 2, an app that harnesses generative AI to transform the user into a historical character.

Found on the Google Arts and Culture app, Art Selfie 2 builds on 2018’s Art Selfie and was born out of a prototype from the search giant’s Artists in Residence program.

After snapping a selfie with their friends or family, the user can choose to see themselves as a Roman gladiator, a medieval knight, a hippy at the Woodstock festival, an ancient Egyptian Pharoh, an astronaut in space, or a Frida Kahlo portrait, performing Shakespeare, and more.

“With over 25 diverse styles and many more to be added in the future, Art Selfie 2 is your passport for a journey of creative exploration and learning,” Google says on its blog.

Google Art Selfie 2

While the app is a great way to snap a unique selfie, Google says that the app is also a way for people to learn more about the arts.

“Each style delivers topical facts while your image is generated, and once you’ve transformed your selfie, you can also discover related Stories, Artifacts, and more from our partners,” says Google.

“Click ‘read more’ on the results screen to explore the artistic movements, historical periods, or far-flung locales that inspired your new look.”

Photographers worth their salt will often be well-versed in the various art movements and styles from the Renaissance period onwards so the app may well be worth checking out as a fun way to brush up on art history.

The app also shows how generative AI continues to proliferate and invade the photo space. 2018’s Art Selfie app employed computer vision technology to find an art piece that looked like the user’s selfie.

Art Remix

Also announced was the further rolling out of Art Remix in even more countries which is a feature that “puts your AI prompting to the test, presenting artwork alongside a prompt that describes them, challenging you to edit the prompt and imagine the work with your own twist.”

Art Remix is found under the Play Tab on the Google Arts and Culture website.

Image credits: Images by Google