Is Your Portrait In A Museum? Find Out.

posted by Dave DeVille - 

If you have Instagram and a working Internet connection, you've undoubtedly been wondering how to find your painting doppelganger on the Google Arts & Culture app so you, too, can pretend to be offended that the app thinks you look like Venus de Milo. Before we begin, though, a word of warning: Yes, you might be compared to a bodacious Baccarini babe, but Google may also inform you that you look just like one of Vincent van Gogh's "Potato Eaters." Prepare yourself accordingly.

According to Inverse, the Google Arts & Culture app and website launched in 2016. Created by the Google Cultural Institute, it allows you to "explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail" with digital exhibitions and ultra-high resolution images of famous artworks. Recently, the app added a new function featuring a modern cultural institution: the selfie. When you snap a selfie using the feature, the app matches your face to a painting hanging in a museum somewhere in the world.

Unsurprisingly, the new feature exploded on social media as everyone and their mother posted their results. Some were super exciting. Others were... not.

I hope you haven't spent this whole time carefully planning which perfectly-angled photo of yourself to use. The app requires you to take a photo then and there, regardless of whether you're prepared for the sight of your nostrils looming large on the screen when it opens your camera on selfie mode.

When you're done investigating your painted doppelgänger, hit the "share" button at the bottom to show off your results.

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