Google’s AI Art Selfie Turned Me Into a Vermeer Painting

  • Google just brought back its Art Selfie feature — with a generative AI upgrade.
  • Users can reimagine selfies in the style of famous paintings. 
  • You can also receive facts about each painting or the chosen artistic style.

Since generative AI took the world by storm, we’ve seen myriad ways to reimagine the human face, from Lensa’s self-portraits to convincing digital renditions of real people.

Personally, though, I’ve been waiting for a tool that helps users see themselves in famous works of art.

Earlier this week, Google launched Art Selfie 2 — a new feature under its Arts & Culture app that uses generative AI to blend your selfies into over 25 artistic styles.

You can see how you’d look in a Renaissance painting, as an attendee at Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” or Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring.”

Art Selfie 2 is a revamp of a feature Google launched in 2018, which compared your selfies with famous works of art. The original tool relied on computer vision and machine learning to give users an estimate of how well your face matched a particular painting. Business Insider reached out to Google for additional comment on the specific AI technology its new tool relies on.

Here’s what it’s like to use the Art Selfie 2 feature.

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