Art museums, in Baltimore and beyond, let web pass them by. Now, they’re starting to locate on

We never beheld before, yet David Letterman is a passed ringer for Henry Walters, co-founder of a internal museum that bears his name. Maybe it’s that Old Testament beard. And Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh bears a distinguished similarity to a lady with a flower in her hair prisoner in Diego Rivera’s 1955 watercolor, “Ín a Market of Papantia.”

And John Waters? That one was roughly too easy. Apparently, a design a filmmaker many closely resembles hangs in a National Portrait Gallery. It’s a portrayal a artist Joseph Sheppard combined of — wait for it — John Waters.

These conclusions are pleasantness of a new underline on an app of a Google Arts Culture plan that allows users to find their (or a friend’s) art-world look-alikes by comparing selfies with portraits from a project’s online database. Since that underline was combined to a app final month, it has turn a informative phenomenon. More than 30 million Americans, including such celebrities as singer Kate Hudson and radio celebrity Ryan Seacrest have searched for and found their art universe twins. In a process, they’ve mostly been introduced to artworks they didn’t know existed.

The speed with that a app became partial of a informative zeitgeist demonstrates that typical people are meddlesome in encountering art online. And a module — a brainchild not of museum professionals yet of mechanism geeks — illustrates a border to that record represents a outrageous missed event for art institutions seeking to retreat a worrisome decrease in earthy visits and infer their aptitude in today’s world.

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