This Viral Google App Matches Selfies to Paintings—And Celebrities Are Sharing the Hilarious Results
You have to see Busy Philipps’s “doppelganger.”
Although the Google Arts & Culture app was launched in 2016, it really took off this weekend after a new update included a portrait feature that matches selfies with faces from famous works of art. Drawing from a huge database of art from museums around the world, the app uses facial recognition software to match a photo of your face with subjects from famous paintings. News of the feature spread fast on social media, even prompting some celebrities to share their uncanny likenesses—and the even funnier misses.
Have a laugh at the celebrity matches below, then try it yourself by downloading the free app for iPhone or Android. And when you’re done finding your long-lost twin in a Renoir painting, browse the app for free access to an impressive collection of art. The “Museums Views” feature lets you take virtual tours of museums and historic sites, and you can also browse artwork by theme or event.
Busy Philipps shared several not-quite-successful attempts to face match with a painting, including the surprising 40 percent match above. Paired with The Profligate Punished by Neglect, a 1774 painting by Edward Penny, Philipps’s selfie was matched with an ailing degenerate man. When the actress posted the unlikely pairing on Instagram, it quickly collected almost 10,000 likes and 176 comments from incredulous fans.
In another attempt to find her doppelganger in a famous work of art, Philipps shared this match with a portrait of Charles Lindbergh, painted by William Hardin. She captioned the post, “I win?” as an appropriate mix of pride and concern about the match.
When Kristen Bell tried out the app, she was paired with a portrait of August Manns, a German-born conductor with a bushy white mustache, captured by John Pettie. “Guys, this app is DEAD ON,” Bell wrote as an ironic caption on the post.
Sarah Michelle Gellar wasn’t too sure about her 42 percent match with Grace Goodhue Coolidge, the wife of Calvin Coolidge, painted by Howard Chandler Christy. “Hmmmm.....not sure I see it. Thoughts?!?” she asked her Instagram followers on a post that garnered more than 17,000 likes.
And when Kate Hudson submitted a selfie with her hair pulled back, she was rewarded with a 40 percent match with Portrait of a Boy, attributed to Pierpont Limner. At first glance, the match is hilarious, but some commenters note the similar nose and lip shape the app picked up on.