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Your museum-portrait #doppelganger is out there somewhere

Scotty McCreery, “American Idol” winner, country singer, resembles a portrait of Elvis Presley by Ralph Wolfe Cowan that’s in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery – at least according to the Google Arts & Culture app. This is the only portrait that Presley posed for.
Scotty McCreery, “American Idol” winner, country singer, resembles a portrait of Elvis Presley by Ralph Wolfe Cowan that’s in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery – at least according to the Google Arts & Culture app. This is the only portrait that Presley posed for.

If you’ve not yet tried out the Google Arts & Culture app, you’re missing out.

Available as a free mobile-phone download, it allows you to take and upload a selfie (or take someone else’s photo) and get a museum-portrait match – with results ranging from eerie to hilarious.

Being mischievous sorts, we couldn’t resist seeing what might come back as matches for some of our local Triangle celebrities. So we went looking, and the results were not a disappointment.

Some look like famous paintings by Van Gogh, while others present an unexpectedly creative artistic twist.

Released as part of the latest Google Arts & Culture app update, the feature searches images from more than 1,200 museums across the country. It has taken the internet by storm in recent days, as users are finding everything from Dutch master paintings to sculptures as matches and posting them on social media with the hashtag #doppelganger.

According to The Washington Post, it has become the most downloaded free app.

It should stand as the hot fad until at least the next Pokemon Go update comes along.

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