Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – The number one app on both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store is the two-year old Google Arts and Culture app that’s been tweaked to allow users to take selfies and see who they resemble among people painted in great paintings.
Google originally developed its Google Arts and Culture app to introduce the world to fine art. The app allows its users to find their favorite artworks, create their own collections and share them with friends. But the app didn’t take-off until Google included the selfie capability in December 2017.
Now, the app is going viral on social media.
Once the selfies began on Twitter and Facebook, the app quickly rose to the top of the app charts over last weekend. It’s currently Number One on both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.
After an iPhone or Android user downloads the app, he goes to the “Is your portrait in a museum?” function.
He takes a selfie and submits the photo. Google sifts through the thousands of paintings in its database, and with its computer vision software makes a match alongside a percentage of how well the two images resemble each other.
The user can then share the results on Twitter and Instagram.
The Google Arts app is available everywhere in the U.S. except for Illinois and Texas.
Google Arts & Culture collaborated with over 1,200 international museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online. You can compare your face to all the portrait artworks in these museums to see who you look like.
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