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Google’s Art Selfie lands in the UK to identify your famous artwork twin

GOOGLE’S viral art selfie tool that matches you with your fine art twin is now available in the UK.

The fun feature, which snaps a photo of your mug to track down your artwork doppelganger, is accessible now through the Google Arts & Culture app for iPhone and Android.

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It arrives almost eight months since its January debut, when it was used by everyone from Bayern Munich’s top players to Sarah Michelle Gellar to find their portrait double – with some downright strange results.

The weirdest of the lot saw one bloke jokingly pair himself with an antique sculpted penis.

And the subsequent word of mouth and social media blitz saw the Google Arts & Culture app snag more than a million downloads.

Since then it’s been used to make over 78million matches from contributing museums and galleries around the world, according to the company.

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As part of its worldwide launch today, it’s adding tens and thousands of additional artworks to its line-up having snagged a total of 650 partner institutions.

How to use Google’s Art Selfie

  • Download the free Google Arts & Culture app for iPhone or Android.
  • To find the feature, you’ll need to go into the app and locate the main news feed.
  • Scroll down until you see a post about the feature, and then click it to get access.
  • Take your best selfie using the built-in camera and then wait for the barmy results.
  • Then just hit the share icon to post your selfie to your social network of choice.

Google’s Art Selfie relies on the same computer vision technology that helps its Lens smartphone tool recognise objects in your pics.

When you snap a selfie, Google compares it to the faces in famous artworks from its partner museums and (within seconds) finds you a bunch of matches, each with a percentage estimate that ranks your likeness with the famous portrait.

You can then tap on the results to find out more about the painting or the artist behind it.

Along with the worldwide launch, Art Selfie is also now also available as an option in Google Lens.


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