Google's Free Museum App Will Match You With Your Famous Art Doppelgänger

The Web giant has added a "new and experimental" feature to its Google Arts & Culture app, which will match your selfie with a museum portrait. Oh what price vanity, etc etc...

But in recent days, scores of people - including plenty of celebrities - have shared their often hilarious results on social media, helping Google Arts & Culture climb the App Store's charts to become the current most downloaded free app.

We understand that's because it's still experimental and has been region-blocked - specifically it's limited to the USA right now. Once you install the app, scroll down for the "Is your portrait in a museum?" game. While this might actually sound pretty straightforward it actually isn't.

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The app went viral this weekend after users discovered the entertaining feature that analyzes your face and matches it to historical artwork. The feature appears to be limited to the USregion, but if you still want to use it, you most probably use a VPN and select your location to the US.

Various people expressed concern that Google was using the app to hoover up information about people's faces, and use those pictures for other purposes. Prima, a photo-editing app, shot to fame for turning images into paintings, complete with strokes of an artist's brush. The bonus is that the app ranks every match with a percentage that tells you to what extent your face matches to the one in the portrait.

You can re-take your selfie as many times as you like, and you may get different results when you try different angles. The Google Arts and Culture app is one of the latest ways that you can enjoy art history through technology.

  • Delia Davidson