You may have noticed that social media feeds have been inundated with selfies next to famous artwork of late, well we have Google to thank for that.
For those wondering how these neat juxtapositions are taking place, it all stems from Google Arts & Culture app.The probability of human extinction is frighteningly high, scientists calculate
The Google app is now top of the iOS and Android download charts thanks to its viral selfies.
The app is actually over a year old and is free on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
The app offers people a catalogue of articles and features on artists and art history.
It also lets you explore art by different styles, time periods and colours.
However, the ability to compare your face to famous works of art is a new feature which has really caught on – with celebrities such as Kristen Bell, Kate Hudson and Ryan Seacrest trying the app and showing off the results.
The app was not hugely popular until it launched the feature last week that let users match their selfies to faces in famous artworks.
However, people in the UK are pretty annoyed that the feature is not working for them as it is currently only available in the US.
Many have downloaded the app in the hope of joining in the arty fun, but have left disappointed.
However, for those that can do it, here’s how to compare yourself to famous art.
First – download the app which is free, and easy to find through search on Google Play and Apple’s App Store (links above).
Second – find the section dedicated to taking selfies and comparing them with famous artworks.
Simply scroll down until you see the ‘Is your portrait in a museum?‘ box.
Scroll past a few different featured stories, until you see the white box surrounded by portraits appear.
Next – you’re able to get started.
The main interface of the Google Arts & Culture selfie comparison tool is a selfie camera. To do this, line up your face inside the boxed area and snap a photo.
Then, it analyses your face with the processing time being minimum.
The app is brilliant as the app it not only identifies portraits that you resemble, but it says how much you resemble them with a percentage coming up with with each comparison.
Note – this feature is exclusive to the US for now.
Sometimes though, you may not get the result you want…
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A while back, we made a post about people who were perusing art galleries and museums and spontaneously stumbled upon their doppelganger, in fine art form.
Perhaps inspired by this, Google have decided to add a feature to their Arts & Culture app that uses facial recognition technology to match your selfie with a famous portrait. The portraits are pulled from a database of celebrated works collected from over 1000 museums worldwide, so the chances of a half-decent match should be fairly high, shouldn’t they?
Well now the results are in, and it’s fair to say that they are mixed, at best. This seems to part of the appeal however, as people have begun posting their hilarious (mis)matches online and they are proving to be wildly popular. You can see why!
Sadly, the feature isn’t yet available outside of the U.S. so if you’re not stateside and would like to give it a try, you’ll have to be a little patient. In the meantime however, you can scroll down below and check out what others have been compared with. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite!
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Are you curious about what Van Gogh’s Starry Night looks like up close? Or the difference between modern and contemporary art? Would you like to wander round a museum halfway across the world?
With Google Arts & Culture you can visit top exhibits, zoom in on artworks in mind-blowing detail and browse thousands of stories, photos, videos, and manuscripts. Be your own curator by finding your favorites, creating your own collections and sharing them with friends. Travel anywhere with tours of iconic sites, famous buildings and natural wonders, on your screen or in VR. Learn something new everyday.
Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions in 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online. Start exploring, now.
• Zoom views - Experience every detail of the world’s greatest treasures
• Virtual Reality - Grab your Google Cardboard viewer and immerse yourself in arts and culture
• Browse by time and color - Explore artworks by filtering them by color or time period
• Virtual tours - Step inside the most famous museums in the world and visit iconic landmarks
• Personal collection - Save your favorite artworks and share your collections with friends and students
• Nearby - Find museums and cultural events around you
• Exhibits - Take guided tours curated by experts
• Daily digest - Learn something new every time you open the app
• Art Recognizer - When visiting a museum you can now point your device camera at artworks to learn more about them, even when offline (at select museums)
• Notifications - Subscribe to receive updates about the top arts & culture stories
• Translate - Use the translate button to read exhibits from around the world in your language
• Art Selfie - A playful way to discover art.
• Location: Needed to recommend cultural sites and events based on your current location
• Camera: Needed to recognize artworks and provide related information about them
• Contacts (Get Accounts): Needed to allow sign in with a Google account, in order to store user's favorites and preferences
• Storage: Needed to allow artworks to be recognized and related information to be access while offline
Thanks to front-facing cameras on smartphones, we take the opportunity to snap selfies whenever possible. This week, we have an app with a new feature that builds on this tendency — to indulge in narcissicm — by throwing in a bit of educational value to go along with it.
If you’ve been on any of your social media apps lately, you might have seen people uploading strange side by side comparisons, with their selfie on one side and a portrait on the other. With the Google Arts and Culture app — available for iOS and Android — you can now take a selfie and match with artwork that looks like you.
This is reminiscent of the days when doppelgänger generators were all the rage and everyone was dying to know which celebrity they looked like. While I wasn’t as excited with my results as I was back in 2010, when I found out my doppelgänger was Hayden Panettiere, it was still entertaining.
After downloading the app, it might be hard to find the new selfie feature. Make sure you’re specifically on the Home tab and slowly scroll down to to the section that reads “Is your portrait in a museum?” Once you tap “Get Started.”
For now, the feature is only available to those in the U.S. since it’s currently in its beta testing phase. Both the Google Arts & Culture app and various social media users have noted that folks outside the 50 states may have trouble accessing the tool, though if you have VPN, you may be able to get around that particular blocker. Given the popularity of the feature though, it’s certainly not inconceivable that Google bring it to other nations soon.
But for those in the U.S. that are worried Google might use your data from your photos for other purposes, there’s a a terms and conditions you’ll have to accept before trying the feature assuring you it won’t.
A small square will appear for you to align your face with and take the photo. After you snap your photo, the app will analyze your features using computer vision technology to match your selfie with historical artwork.
When swiping through each portrait you’ve matched up with, you’ll notice that it lists each one by percentage of how close the resemblance is. It’s also in descending order, so the ones you resemble the most will appear first. You can then choose to share them to your social media channels, as well as email and text messages.
I had my friends try it — which you can see below — and we were mostly laughing at some of the matches. But each time we tried it, there was always at least one portrait that did strike a strange resemblance.
The funny part about this app is not only seeing who you’ve matched up with, but how closely the camera zooms in on your face. It’s similar to the way your parents would take photos of you in high school, when they fully zoom in on only your head so it’s a “nice” up-close shot that you never want anyone to see.
Since it has to analyze your features closely, it makes sense that it zooms in so closely. But for an app that’s getting so much recognition, you’d think they would try to make these selfies a bit more flattering. Let’s just say, you won’t be sharing these on your actual Instagram account — instead they’ve been finding their way to Instagram Stories where it only lasts 24 hours.
But of course, you can’t forget the educational aspect of Google Arts and Culture. By tapping on the portrait you’ve matched with, it will provide you with the title of the artwork, its artist, and the collection it’s from. You’re able to learn more about it by tapping on “View Artwork,” which brings you to the full version of the portrait and additional details such as the date it was created, the type of painting, its origin title, and more.
While taking selfies of yourself is fun, it also seems to be Google’s way of hooking you in. There’s tons more to do on the app when it comes to art and culture. You can explore thousands of collections from museums around the world, read articles about artwork or features on artists, and you can also favorite tons of collections to save within the app.
Under the highlights section in the “Explore” tab is where you’ll see featured content, like “Art Camera” which allows you to see artwork up close. You can also virtually tour iconic sites around the world — ranging from Taj Mahal to Alcatraz Island. If you have Google Cardboard, you can also take virtual reality tours of museums across the globe.
To help you keep up with the art world on a more consistent basis, you can also browse through Google’s top stories and topics of the week. Since the app already has tons of content, it’s a great shortcut if you’re trying to catch up on what’s trending by providing you with different places and artwork around the world to learn about by simply swiping through.
For those who want to experience seeing and exploring artwork in person, the app will also ask your permission to track your location in order to make recommendations of museums nearby. Under the “Nearby” tab, it’ll provide you with all the information you need, such as the exhibits that are currently running, the distance to each museum, operating times, and pricing.
Update: The app is available only to users in the U.S..
Use the Google Arts and Culture app to find out which paintings and fine art around the world look Step Five: Discover your doppelgänger.
If you’ve watched any of your friend’s Instagram Stories over the last week, you’ve probably run into the Google Arts and Culture app a.k.a. “that thing everybody is using to compare their selfies to pieces of art.” We here at Select All wouldn’t want you to feel left out — unless you live outside the United States, in which case you’re going to be left out, since the feature is currently only available in the United States — so here’s a very quick explainer on how to use the app.
Step One: Download the Google Arts and Culture app.
This part is easy. Head to the app store. You know what to do.
Step Two: Open the app and scroll down until you see a whole bunch of artwork.
You’ll also see the question “Is your portrait in a museum?” This is where you want to be. Tap “GET STARTED” to, well, get started.
Step Three: Accept the terms and conditions.
Google says it “wont use data from your photo for any other purpose and will only store your photos for the time it takes to search for matches.” If this sounds agreeable, tap “I ACCEPT” in the lower, right-hand corner of the app screen.
Step Four: Take a selfie.
Again, pretty simple. The app’s selfie camera will pop up and there’s a clear “Take a photo” button at the bottom of the screen for when you’re ready to cheese. As a heads up, you can’t upload a previously taken selfie so you might want to consider a hairbrush or not doing this immediately after rolling out of bed. (I did not consider these things and I regret it.)
Step Five: Discover your doppelgänger.
Google will show you several art options the app believes look like you, including a work’s title and where it’s currently displayed in the world. Some of my options didn’t really speak to me, but others — I’m particularly fond of Rembrandt Laughing — I felt really captured something. However, none of my results returned with a higher than a 45 percent match. Maybe I’ll have to try this again post-shower and sans pajamas. Or maybe not. Maybe I really do just look like a jolly, old Dutch dude.
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