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You Can Now Find Your Art Lookalike Using Google

Dave Parrack 15-01-2018

The popularity of the Google Arts & Culture app has exploded overnight thanks to a rather cool new feature. Essentially, you take a selfie Should You Take That Selfie? Some Things to Consider Taking selfies is a lot of fun -- but it can also get you in trouble. Here are some situations where you shouldn't snap that selfie. Read More , and Google will match you with your lookalike from the artworld. Just don’t expect to find your doppelganger in a famous painting from yesteryear.


In 2016, Google released an app designed to let anyone, anywhere explore museums and art galleries. In June 2017, Google brought that information into the mainstream Google Wants to Help You Become an Art Expert Most of us lack the knowledge and understanding required to qualify as being cultured. Google is trying to change all that, with new efforts designed to turn us all into budding art experts. Read More by delivering information about artists and their work through Google Search. Unfortunately, no one cared.

Google Finds Your Doppelganger

Now, Google has updated the Arts & Culture app, adding a new feature which matches you with your lookalike from the art world. And this feature has captured people’s imaginations, prompting people with no interest in art and culture to download the Google Arts and Culture app.

You simply take a selfie, upload it to the app, and Google will match your face with the faces of people depicted in artworks. You might not find an exact match in a painting or statue, but most people should be able to find someone who looks slightly like them. Even if it isn’t flattering.

This feature blew up over the weekend, and since then social media has been dominated by people posting their matches. This includes celebrities such as Kumail Nanjiani from Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, some people’s matches haven’t turned out quite as well as Nanjiani’s.

On the app’s page on the Google Play Store, Google states that this feature is available in “select locations only,” and it’s actually limited to the U.S. right now. The rest of the world will either have to use a VPN 4 Reasons to Always Use a VPN When You're Online VPNs (virtual private networks) are becoming more popular. It's not always clear exactly why you should be using one though. Here's why you should use one whenever you go online. Read More to try this feature or wait until Google rolls it out further afield.


Art and Culture Is Important

In a world where selfies and social media rule 5 Things To Avoid When Taking Selfies Selfies shouldn’t be taken lightly, and there are many things you need to avoid. Read More , adding a feature such as this is a genius move guaranteed to get people downloading and using the Google Arts & Culture app. I just hope they actually delve a bit deeper and use the app to educate themselves about art while they’re at it.

Have you downloaded the Google Arts & Culture app yet? Did the app successfully find your lookalike in a painting? Or did it fail spectacularly? Do you think this is a clever hook to get more people using the Google Arts & Culture app? Please let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: Anokarina via Flickr

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  1. Ken Rucker
    January 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Would be great to see this as a PC or web app. No memory available on my phone for more apps.

  2. Ken Rucker
    January 16, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Would be nice to have a PC or web version of this. Not enough memory on my phone to add more apps.

  3. aidoru
    January 16, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Till today this kindly feature of the google arts app, DO NOT EXIST on mi iphone.. :-)
    i open the app scroll to find the feature but it never appear...

  4. aidoru
    January 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Till today on the google arts app on my iphone this kindly feature do not exist!! :-(

    • CJS
      January 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Same here. Downloaded the App and this feature is not listed. I also have an IPhone.

  5. Brenda S Basham
    January 16, 2018 at 3:42 am

    How do you get it from skiping

  6. Peter
    January 16, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Just used ExpressVPN to download in the UK. Thx guys!