Insta Art History: Google’s New Viral Toy

Last week, the Internet managed to find one good, pure thing to unite over, and it just happens to be a toy. The Google Arts and Culture app, currently the #1 free app on Apple’s App Store, allows users to take selfies, which are then analyzed and matched with historical art doppelgängers.

The app builds on a current trend, exemplified by Instagram accounts like Tabloid Art History, in which famous works of art are playfully compared with contemporary photos. On the TAH account, Spice Girls become Picasso’s muses while Beyonce meets the the Virgin mother.

Now that Google’s app has gone viral, celebrities are getting in on the fun and filling our feeds with their art history lookalikes. Here are some of our favorites, whether they actually look like the celeb, or not.

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Busy Philipps, Actress and Activist

📊  Followers: 773,896

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Pete Wentz, Musician (Fall Out Boy)

📊  Followers: 1,560,914

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Sara Bareilles, Singer and Songwriter

📊  Followers: 491,450

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Sarah Silverman, Comedian

📊  Followers: 1,125,288

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Laura Benanti, Actress and Singer

📊  Followers: 87,609

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Amanda Seyfried, Actress

📊  Followers: 2,517,257

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Bethany Cosentino, Musician (Best Coast)

📊  Followers: 153,877

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Felicia Day, Actress and Writer

📊  Followers: 1,156,062


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