From the Girl with a Pearl Earring to the Mona Lisa, many paintings are instantly recognisable. Now, Google has launched a new Art Filter in its Google Arts & Culture app that allows you to transform yourself into famous works of art. Florent Robineau, Tech Lead at Google Arts & Culture, said: “What if you could learn about the story of the Girl with a Pearl Earring while wearing her earrings yourself? Or how about putting on a Japanese helmet to take you back to the time of Samurai traditions? Starting today, you can use “Art Filter” in the Google Arts & Culture app to become an artwork or try on iconic artifacts otherwise safely stored in museums.”
Users can choose from five 3D augmented reality filters based on iconic paintings, objects and accessories from around the world. These include Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits, the Girl with a Pearl Earring, a traditional Samurai helmet, and a remarkable Ancient Egyptian necklace. Mr Robineau said: “In this novel experience, each filter has b een crafted carefully so that you can explore the artefacts in high-quality detail from every angle.
The feature uses machine learning to anchor the virtual paintings and objects into the real world. Mr Robineau added: “Through this approach, the artifacts are able to position themselves organically and smoothly on your head or react to your facial expression."
How to try the Art Filters yourself
1. Download the free Google Arts & Culture app from the Google Play Store or App Store
2. Open the app, and tap the rainbow camera icon at the bottom of the homepage
3. Tap Art Filter
4. Using the carousel at the bottom of the screen, swipe through and tap on the filter you’d like to try
5. Use the white button to take a photo or record a video to share with your friends