Every so often an app takes hold of web culture to the point where you can’t help but notice its presence every time you scroll through your feeds. This time, it’s the Google Arts and Culture app.
Though the app launched in 2016, a new feature that compares your selfies to works of art found in museums has been hitting off on social media in the last few days. The concept is pretty simple: take a selfie or photo of somebody else, and Google will compare that to thousands of pieces of artwork, and deliver you a selection of possible doppelgängers.
Sadly, you do have to use your device’s camera, and can’t just upload a flattering photo of yourself. But honestly, the less flattering the photo, the better. Or, whatever, just take a picture of a photo on your computer. I tried it, and it works.
OK, after you download the app, scroll down until you see this and follow the prompts.
If you don’t immediately get a match from the app, try changing the expression on your face. But again, the worse photo you take, the better the results.
I’ve taken like 20 selfies with the Google arts & culture app and gotten this horrifying guy as my top result EVERY SINGLE TIME, who do I sue pic.twitter.com/PjuvT0IXIU
— Caroline Wazer (@CarolineWazer) January 13, 2018
Download Google Arts & Culture and the app will match your selfie w/ an art look a like!! Sara got matched with a portrait of William McKinley pic.twitter.com/JsUPVjTbby
— emily 🐝 (@emilybullins) January 13, 2018
the google arts and culture app thing is really cute lol comparing myself to old paintings has always been a secret mood booster ngl pic.twitter.com/x2tuY5DTB1
— ❄💕 Kiana Bee 💕❄ @ALA (@2kb33) January 13, 2018
Ignore how awful I look at 1 am, but this is so cool! If you take a pic of yourself on the Google arts and culture app it shows you artwork that resembles you! It kinda made me think, what if they were my ancestors or something. Anyway it’s a super cool app and you should try it. pic.twitter.com/h1KMusaHvd
— Lexie Layne(: (@Lex_Layne) January 13, 2018
While the selfie part is fun, the app has loads of other resources for art lovers.