Is Your Portrait Stored in Any of World's Top Museums? Ask Google

Source Google Arts & Culture

The app went viral this weekend after users discovered the entertaining feature that analyzes selfies and matches them to historical artwork.

The Google Arts & Culture app comes in quite handy for those interested in viewing exhibits from global museums, institutions and galleries around the world. Do not open the app before the next step.

First, download the Google Arts & Culture app on your iOS or Android app.

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". The new selfie feature uses Google's face-matching technology to match your photo to "similar" looking portraits from a database of over 70,000 works.

Google's machine learning-powered image recognition tech is pretty powerful, and now it can be put to use to find your likeness within works of fine art. We're hopeful this Google is just refining this experiment before it launches across the country - but the fine art selfie craze could be over before everyone has access.




The Google Arts & Culture app - which boasts a feature matching selfies to museum portraits - has gone wildly viral.

Next, download a VPN app, where it is possible to switch location and choose U.S. as the option. Once it's installed, fire it up and scroll down until you see "Is your portrait in a museum?" Click on Get Started and then select I Accept.

There's one huge, glaring problem with the update: The selfie feature works everywhere in the United States except for Texas and IL. Google wouldn't comment on when the app will begin showing up in those states and internationally. I recommend the art camera feature, which allows you to explore high-definition artworks. The app then generates a side-by-side graphic and a percentage match.

The only way you could have missed the onslaught of front-facing photographs side-by-side with paintings from Spain to France - and beyond - is if you happened to ignore social media.

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