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The Google Arts and Culture app lets you take a selfie and it will search for you an artwork from around the world that resembles the picture. It has taken the Twitterati by storm as celebrities tweeted their “similar-to-artwork” selfies!
But this is only the icing on the cake. The Google Arts and Culture app has so much more to offer, including feature stories of artworks from around the world! It is something that all art lovers will glue their eyes to.
How To Download
To get started, download the app from the Google Play Store. This is the icon of the app.
The very first message of the app tells you of the collection of beautiful stories and featured content the app brings you to. Personally, this is my favourite part of the app to scroll through numerous paintings and sculptures from the whole world.
As the app itself suggests, you are now an official virtual explorer!
As I opened the app, the first story was titled “Discover The Works Of Abstract Expressionism”. Once I clicked on it, it took me on a gallery tour of some beautiful abstract paintings along with information on their creators.
Scrolling down, I found the most awaited part of the app-“search with your selfie”!
So without further adieu, I clicked on it and the camera opened up. I took a selfie and the app then began looking for artworks that resembled my “artsy” face.
It also assured me that it would not use data from my phone for any other purpose. Needless to say, I accepted the offer.
It then came up with around 6 artworks, some of which matched my face 70% and some others, 54%. I was happy.
Art + Sound
I went back to the home page and scrolled further down. To my delight, there was a story titled “Art + Sound”. Along with the pictures of age-old instruments from The Metropolitan Museum of Art situated in New York, a small piece of music of the given instrument was also available.
All of these stories can be shared too.
Another interesting story I came across was an entire section on Harry Potter in collaboration with British Library!
Look at this splendid drawing of Buckbeak the hippogriff by Jim Kay displayed in The British Library in London.
This app also has an option of ‘Explore’ and lets you choose your own categories and favorites:
I would certainly give this app a rating higher than 4.5, mostly due to its options of observing any art minutely by zooming in and out. This one certainly is going to take up a lot of my free time!
Image Credits: Android screenshots