Turn Your Selfies Into Actual Works of Art With This Fun New Google Filter

updated Oct 9, 2020
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If part of combating quarantine boredom means you’re experimenting with social media filters to help snap more creative selfies, the geniuses at Google are here to offer up a seriously silly way to turn your selfies into actual works of art—all with a few quick clicks.

Google just debuted its brand new Art Filter, an update to the Google Arts & Culture app that allows you to virtually “try on” iconic artifacts you could previously only see from a distance at a museum. They’ve teamed up with curators and creators to design five “educational and fun 3D-modeled augmented reality filters based on iconic paintings, objects, and accessories from all over the world,” per a press release announcing the news. The update allows you to snap a selfie, and then you get to see yourself as Vincent van Gogh or Frida Kahlo in their iconic self-portraits, Vermeer’s famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” or don a traditional Samurai helmet or an Ancient Egyptian necklace.

Not only can you experiment from all angles, but you can even get a bit of a history lesson, learning facts about each famous artwork or artifact before you share your picture. The Art Filter can be used by opening up the free Google Arts & Culture app for Android or iOS, with Google encouraging users to share their selfies using #ArtFilter on social media.

Once you’re done trying out the Art Filter, you can enjoy some of the many fun features this hidden gem app has. You can virtually visit the world’s most famous museums right from your house thanks to the more than 1,200 museums and galleries available in their database, and you can even check out what the most famous works of art would look like in your own home, too. You can get guided instructions by real artists and makers to create your own museum-level art projects.

And to beat quarantine-induced wanderlust, don’t forget to check out the app’s free virtual tours of both U.S. national parks and tours of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, including the Great Wall of China, the Catacombs of Paris, and the Colosseum in Rome. There’s no shortage of places to go and things to see and learn, all without leaving the comfort of your couch.