You may have noticed the historic-artwork-selfie craze sweeping the web right now, comparing faces to famous paintings and art from around the world. You might be wondering “what historic piece of work does my face resemble?” and “how do I find out?”
Well, both of those questions can be answered simply – by using Google’s Arts and Culture app.
For instance, when you load up the app right now, the current spotlight is on contemporary art galleries you can walk through using Google Street View. The app is filled with art from around the world that you can look at directly from your phone – meaning you can see look at “The milkmaid” by Johannes Vermeer on your 7-inch phone screen. It’s an impressive little app for the art or history nerd.
But, what people really want to do is see how much their face looks like paintings.
I get it.
If you want to ‘search with your selfie’, as Google calls it, then here’s how to compare your face with those from history:
First, need to load up the Google Arts and Culture App.
Second, make sure you’re in the Home tab and scroll down a page or so.
You will see the search with your selfie link, which looks like this:
This feature was previously only available in the US but has snuck into the Australian app over the weekend. Once you click through, you will be asked to accept terms and conditions and let Google use your face for comparisons with historical artworks. The… frightening results are below.
Uh, turns out I am a 67% match for the Figura de homem com violino, a very angry man.
Cheers, Lasar Segall.
But it really is as easy as that. Now go compare that face of yours to the world’s most famous artworks!