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Everyone is obsessed with a new Google app that uses selfies to find your fine art look-alike

Published Jan 15th, 2018 10:08AM EST
Google Arts And Culture

If you had told us last week that Google would find a way to get people interested in fine art en masse, we would’ve laughed in your face. Fast-forward to today, and people are obsessed with a new update to the Google Arts & Culture app. This free app from Google offers a number of nifty features such as virtual museum tours and visual searches for famous works of art. But there’s one feature in particular that has people excited right now, and started a viral social media trend that has picked up some serious steam over the past few days.

Of all the mobile Google apps out there, “Arts & Culture” had undoubtedly been among the software giant’s lesser-known apps. It offers a suite of terrific features for those interested in art, but it’s certainly not among Google’s most widely used apps. That is changing quite quickly, however, because people have discovered a new feature that they’re having a blast with right now on social media.

The fun new feature lets users take a selfie, while Google’s complex visual search technology then analyzes. The app then searches its database to find a famous portrait hanging in a museum that most closely resembles the selfie. Some fine art look-alikes are more accurate than others, of course, and the app displays a percentage that indicates just how alike the selfie and painting are.

People have been having a ton of fun with the new feature on Facebook and Twitter. Here are a few examples, starting with one from well-known actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani:

Want to find out which famous portrait you look like? The Google Arts & Culture app is a free download for iOS and Android.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.