Kiwis can now find their art history twin

Kumail Nanjiani shared his portrait match on Twitter.
Kumail Nanjiani shared his portrait match on Twitter. Photo credit: Google

Kiwis can now find their art history twin with Google's Arts & Culture app.

The app uses facial recognition technology to match user selfies with portraits from museums around the world.

Although the app only became available in New Zealand this week, users from the United States have been matching their pictures to historic faces for the past few weeks.

Celebrities including Kristen Bell, Kumail Nanjiani, and Kate Hudson have shared their portrait matches on social media. 

While some matches might not be spot on, many users have found their long-lost doppelganger.

However, some have questioned whether the app has an ulterior motive of improving Google's facial recognition technology.

A Google spokesperson has since denied this, claiming the feature doesn't identify users or store selfies.

The artwork database includes more than 1500 galleries and museums from 70 countries.

Portraits from three New Zealand institutions are included: Auckland Art Galley Toi o Tamaki, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Papa.

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