Google Arts & Culture app matches selfies to classic pieces of art

Posted January 17, 2018

The app is a treasure trove of fine art, with high-resolution images and virtual tours from over 1,200 museums around the world. You can use a VPN to get Google to think you're in the USA if you really want to try.

Users should then scroll down to the section that says "Is your portrait in a museum?"

The latest addition to the Google Arts & Culture app on Android and iOS enables users to match their selfies with famous portraits from worldwide museum galleries. While some have accused the app of being racist - its very limited catalogue of portraits of non-white subjects means users of color get extremely approximate matches - and others are frustrated at its seemingly arbitrary regional restrictions (the feature is not available to users in IL and Texas, and we've reached out to Google for an explanation), the feature is a runaway success.

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Once you snap your selfie, the feature will give you a range of matches ranked by how close they are to your likeness-mine hovered somewhere between 30 and 50 percent. The Google Arts and Culture app helps users explore museums, learn about famous artists and has details on art projects.

"Take a selfie and discover if your portrait is in a museum".

After tapping "Get Started", Google warned me that it would send my selfies to Google.

. Me too. Couldn't find the face matching thing?

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You can tell the app is analyzing your face because of the various colored lines animating all over the screen, and because it's gone black and white. While some users have found uncanny matches, others have had a more humbling experience (like actress Kirsten Bell, who was matched with German composer August Manns). Or maybe a royal guard in the background of a glorious Goya painting!

Google says the app's feature is available in "parts of the US" thus far and - given the popularity - it seems very likely to go wider than that.

. However, Google has restricted the feature to some locations.

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