Google Art Filter—How to Turn Your Selfies Into Famous Paintings by Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and More

The Google Arts and Culture app is inviting users to insert themselves into famous works by Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh and Johannes Vermeer in the new Art Filter feature. Additionally, users can virtually wear historical artifacts, including a 19th-century Japanese helmet and an Ancient Egyptian necklace.

To turn your selfie into a Van Gogh masterpiece, head to the Google Arts and Culture app, which is free on the respective app stores on both Apple and Android devices. The Art Filter feature should be on the homepage, but alternatively, select the camera icon and then select Art Filter. App users will be able to choose an artwork filter and then take a selfie.

Untouchable pieces of art history, now in the palm of your hand. Try on Vermeer's pearl earring or play with Frida's pet monkey all while learning more about the art and artist.

Try #ArtFilter, found on your #GoogleArtsAndCulture App.

— Google Arts&Culture (@googlearts) October 7, 2020

You could choose Self-Portrait with Monkey by Frida Kahlo, in which Kahlo is wearing a traditional bone necklace. The painting is currently at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

Alternatively, see how you would look if you were painted by Van Gogh as you insert yourself into his self-portrait from 1889, which is now at the Musee D'Orsay in Paris.

Alternatively, transform yourself into the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, circa 1665, which is at the Mauritshuis in the Netherlands. Vermeer was a master of 'chiaroscuro,' the creation of contrast between lightness and darkness, and the Google app lets art lovers incorporate some of his mastery into your visage.

Aside from the paintings, Google Arts and Culture's Art Filter feature also invites users to try on historical artifacts.

See how you would look wearing the 'Helmet with Tengu Mask and Crows," a Japanese artifact from the 19th century, currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Finally, try on a faience collar necklace, from Amarna, Egypt, from 1352-1327 BC, which is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.

A similar feature available on the Google Arts and Culture app is the Art Transfer feature, which allows users to take a photo, or upload one from their albums, and transform it into a work by artists including Edvard Munch, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Leonardo da Vinci, and more.

A popular feature on the app that went viral in 2018 was Google's Art Selfie, which allows users to take a selfie and see which person famous painting they resemble. Users took to social media to share their doppelgangers, with the results often less-than-flattering.

Vincent Van Gogh Exhibition
A visitor takes a selfie with a cellphone at the 'Meet Vincent Van Gogh' exhibition in Lisbon, on May 31, 2020. The Google Arts and Culture app is inviting users to use its new Art Filter feature and insert themselves into famous paintings by Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and more. Getty/VIEW press