Our Editors React to Their Art Doppelgängers
With the current obsession over Google's Arts & Culture app, Travel Channel editors share their art doppelganger matches and where they'd need to travel to find their art lookalike in real life.
Our editors couldn't resist trying out the Google Arts and Culture app to find our art doppelgangers.
If you aren't sure what we're talking about, and you want to try it for yourself, here's how it works: First, download the Google Arts & Culture mobile application, and then scroll down on the main page until you see "Search with your selfie". Next, tap "GET STARTED" and take a selfie. Google will find your art twin, and the results may surprise you!
With the results, the app also provides where you can see that piece of art on display. Our editors shared their reactions to their doppelgängers and where their long-lost art twin lives in the world.
"I haven't yet traveled to a Scandinavian country and would love to visit Sweden, birthplace of IKEA, Pop Art sculptor Claes Oldenburg and the inimitable film director Ingmar Bergman. The oldest museum in Sweden established in the 17th century, the Royal Armoury, located inside Stockholm's Royal Palace, is also home to my generation-spanning likeness, one of Charles XI's relatives captured by Swedish nobleman and court painter David Klocker Ehrenstrahl in 1691. It's a rather uncanny painting because all of the relatives look to have the exact same face (mine, apparently) plunked onto different bodies." - Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor
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Impression of Stockholm
While I only was able to spend a of couple days in the city, it left a pretty good impression on me. The people were friendly, the food was delicious, and it was a good balance of historical and modern culture in the form of art, design, fashion and music. The heart of this maritime city is spread out over multiple islands and shorelines, so it doesn’t feel as claustrophobic as other metropolitan areas.
Make It Educational
You could dedicate an entire trip to simply exploring the museums scattered throughout the city, focusing on everything from art, history and science to the more culturally-inspired Vasa (maritime museum), Nobel Museu, or the Abba Museum which pays tribute to the famous '70s Swedish pop band. Two of my favorite stops were the Fotografiska, a contemporary photography gallery with a top floor cafe overlooking the water, and the Moderna Museet, which houses a substantial permanent collection of modern and contemporary art.
Foodies, Get Ready
If you’re a foodie, double your travel budget and enjoy! My first meal in Sweden was Reindeer Tartar, and it was amazing! The diet I had while visiting Stockholm was a drastic departure from the ordinary; it not only included reindeer but dishes like braised ox tongue, wild game meatballs and shepherd's pie with foie gras. Each meal seemed to be more delicious than the last. The catch? Eating out can be a bit costly here, so budget accordingly! There's a whole city full of restaurants that I was, unfortunately, unable to sample in my short visit, but I can give a personal recommendation to a few places including Pharmarium, The Flying Elk, Urban Deli Nytorget, Ardbeg Embassy, 800 Grader and Rolfs Kök.
Each neighborhood seems to provide a different flavor to the city, and Nörrmalm is the bustling modern business and retail center. Home to the Central Station, huge shopping centers and towering office buildings, it's a hive of activity during the day. Crowds thin in the evening, but event centers like the Royal Opera keep the district alive after the shops close up.
Try This: Sleep on a Ship
For the budget-conscious travelers who prefer hostels to hotels, Stockholm has some really unique options for you. The first night I stayed on a ship! The STF af Chapman & Skeppsholmen is a docked ship turned hostel that's a one-of-a-kind lodging experience with great views of the city. I also spent an evening at the City Backpackers Hostel which was a lively and eclectic spot near the Central Station that I would definitely recommend to younger travelers looking for a more social atmosphere.
"Can we talk about how this Daniel de Castro guy and myself look pretty darn similar? It’s kind of eerie to be honest. Anyway, the framed oil painting (created 1770-1771) of Mr. de Castro resides in The Jewish Museum, London, and the description states that he was an East India merchant. I’ve been to London twice in my life — it’s truly one of the great cities of the world. It’s very easy to get around and there’s a historic building or monument on nearly every corner. Plus, I’m a huge soccer fan, and Londoners love their soccer, er, football. While I haven’t been to this particular museum, any reason to skip across the pond to the land of tea and crumpets is a good one, so I see a selfie with Daniel and me in the very near future." - Ryan Reed, Editor
"I’m not sure if this drawing genuinely looks 57 percent similar to my face, but it is clearly a testament to my highlighting skills, and I am definitely okay with that. The drawing is untitled and was created in 2013 by Andrea Michaelson (better known as BToy) in Paris as street art. If I had the chance, I would travel to Paris in a heartbeat. I can’t imagine many scenarios that could top enjoying a fresh crepe under the Eiffel Tower, not to mention, a trip to the Louvre would be incredible!" - Megan Sadler, Editorial Intern
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Montmartre is set on a hill in northern Paris. It’s a great spot to take your significant other for breathtaking views of the city. Wander through the narrow, winding streets lined with small cafes and shops. Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh were just a few well-renowned artists who had studios or worked in the Parisian neighborhood.
Arc de Triomphe
Couples can take a romantic stroll down the tree-lined Champs-Élysées, the most famous street in Paris, to the Arc de Triomphe. There are dozens of restaurants, theaters and shops along the street, and what’s more romantic than a new Chanel bag? Get a chocolate massage at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, located nearby, if shopping isn't your thing.
Spend quality time with your sweetheart more than 1,000 feet in the air, getting one of the best views of the City of Light. The Eiffel Tower is the perfect place to propose, but you may have to wait in a long line to take your love to new heights, especially during the spring and summer. Avoid the crowds by packing a basket for a nice picnic in the park below the towering tourist attraction.
Luxembourg Palace and Gardens
The gardens surrounding the Luxembourg Palace has been a hotbed of romance for centuries. Famous couples — from Napoleon and Josephine to Jean-Paul Sarte and Simone de Beauvior — frequented the gardens. Today, lovers still stroll among the beautiful statues, fountains and flowerbeds.
Gare de Lyon's Le Train Bleu
Gare de Lyon is one of the 6 large railway terminals in Paris, but inside, Le Train Bleu restaurant has all the makings for a romantic night. The opulent restaurant, built in 1901, has grandiose sculptures, mural-covered walls and ceilings, crystal chandeliers and shiny brass fittings. Famous regulars included Jean Cocteau, Coco Chanel and Salvador Dali. The fixed-price menu is about $70 per person, whereas the a la carte menu costs about $90 per person. It’s expensive but worth a trip to wine and dine your sweetie.
Palace de Versailles
For the adventurous couple, take an hour-long train ride to Versailles to visit the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of King Louis XIV. Spend a few hours visiting the chateau, the manicured gardens and the Domain de Marie-Antoinette. Rent a bike to get around the huge estate and travel down to the main canal, where visitors can rent a paddleboat built for 2.
What’s not to love about visiting the Louvre? It's one of the world’s largest museums, and it's the most-visited art museum in the world. The Louvre is a great tourist attraction for art lovers, with a variety of artwork, including the Greek sculpture Venus de Milo, Antonio de Correggio’s Venus and Cupid With a Satyr, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Paolo Veronese’s The Wedding at Cana.
Place des Vosges
Le Marais’ Place des Vosges, originally known as the Place Royale, is the oldest planned square in Paris. Catch some sun on the lawn; take a relaxing stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries; and hop on La Grande Roue, aka the Ferris wheel, to wrap up a fun-filled day with your sweetheart.
Saint Germain des Prés
St. Germain des Prés is a small area located around the church of the former Abbey of St. Germain des Prés. Pick up a cup of coffee and sit for a spell at a number of famous cafes in the neighborhood, including Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. It’s a great place for lovers who enjoy people-watching.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Parc des Buttes Chaumont is unquestionably one of Paris’ most romantic settings. It has all the ingredients to qualify it as romantic, including cliffs, grottoes, waterfalls and a lake. Take a long hike up to the replica of Tivoli’s Temple of the Sybille for a kiss on a cliff overlooking the city’s sights.
"My art doppelganger can be found at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. I can definitely see the resemblance, though I’m amazed they found someone even paler than I am. I’ve never been to Houston, but there are several places I’d like to check out there, including the Space Center and the Museum of Natural Science. Maybe I’ll pay my portrait a visit when I go!" - Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor
"I will say, Google nailed my skin tone and it must know that my hair often looks like that in the morning. Who knows, maybe I was a gypsy in a past life! My painting match can be found at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga, Latvia. Latvia isn’t on my travel bucket list, but maybe I’ll add it since I’ve never visited that part of the world!" - Farima Alavi, Assistant Editor
"Apparently, I’m a dead ringer for Rebecca in Rembrandt’s 'Portrait of a Couple as Isaac and Rebecca,' also known as 'The Jewish Bride.' This 17th-century painting is now housed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the painter’s own city. In addition to the Rijksmuseum, which is focused on Dutch art history since the Middle Ages, Amsterdam is also home to the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum for contemporary art, making it a truly great art destination. I’ve never been to Amsterdam, but it just moved higher up on my bucket list, thanks to Rembrandt, Rebecca and good ol’ Google." - Kelly Smith Trimble, Executive Editor
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"When I first saw Mrs Varvogli I thought, ‘Her expression is so me. She’s so deadpan.’ I also really like her bangs (and brooch!) and wish I could pull off that look in real life. I’m very inspired by her! So, thank you, Google Arts & Culture, for the very flattering art match. My ‘twin’ is located at The National Gallery – Alexandros Soutzos Museum in Athens, Greece. Athens is on my must-visit list, so naturally, I’ll have to stop by and see Mrs Varvogli when I make it over there." - Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor
"I’m almost positive my portrait match is a child, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. She looks a little bit like me when I was a little girl… I guess. Her expression is basically the look I give my husband when I’m not amused. Regardless, I would LOVE to visit my art doppelganger IRL at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I’ve never been to the Netherlands, but it looks beautiful, and I’m fascinated by the culture. Bonus: Rijksmuseum is close to the Van Gogh museum, which is just an art enthusiast’s dream." - Molly Miller, Apple News Editor
"While we're only a 39 percent match and I'm not sure we look that similar, I can definitely relate to the serious side-eye expression the woman in this painting is giving. The identity of my match is uncertain, but it's possible she was a poet named Vittoria Colonna. Whoever she is, her portrait is on display at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona, which is definitely on my must-visit list! When I go, I'll have to pay a visit to my lookalike in between eating tapas and touring architect Antoni Gaudi's masterpieces." - Laura James, Assistant Editor
World's Best Art DestinationsSee All Photos
The Louvre, Paris
The world’s best-known work of art, the "Mona Lisa," finds its home in the world’s most visited museum, the Louvre. For more than 200 years, da Vinci’s famous painting has resided within the Louvre, a treasure trove showcasing nearly 35,000 pieces of artwork from prehistory to the 19th century. Outside is also a visual feast. Here’s a view of the Louvre’s Pyramid, completed in 1989.
Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, Chicago
Experience this interactive work of public art at Chicago’s Millennium Park. The 50-foot-tall structure -- the brainchild of Spanish Catalan artist and sculptor Jaume Plensa -- is one of 2 towers on which digital video images appear. LED screens showcase actual Chicago residents. The water that spouts through a nozzle on each tower’s front face operates from May to October.
Goreme Open Air Museum, Turkey
Centuries ago, monastic communities carved more than 30 cave churches and chapels into these towering rock formations in central Turkey. That was just the beginning: Inside, they painted Byzantine-era frescoes. Today, those works of Eastern Roman Empire art -- painted between the 9th and 11th centuries -- remain a unique artistic achievement.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
The world of ancient Egypt shines in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian art collection. The star attraction is the Temple of Dendur (pictured here), a temple built by the Roman governor of Egypt, Petronius, around 15 BC. The Met’s other collections showcase the European masters, as well as works from the ancient Near East, Greek and Roman periods, and the Islamic world.
Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Michelangelo preferred sculpting to painting. And yet, the “artist who did not want to paint” created one of the most influential works in fresco art in the history of Western art: the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It’s part of the Vatican Museums, a total of 13 museums in more than a dozen Vatican palaces inside Vatican City.
In the 17th century, the Dutch were among the world’s leaders in trade, science, military might and art. This era -- known as the Dutch Golden Age -- is preserved at the Rijksmuseum, a Dutch national museum in Amsterdam. The museum showcases a large collection of paintings from this period -- such as Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” -- that explain why the Dutch were among the world's artistic leaders in developing landscapes, still lifes and genre painting.
Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
In 1937 the Basque town of Guernica, Spain, suffered an aerial attack in which hundreds of civilians died. Soon after, at the behest of the Spanish Republican government, the artist Pablo Picasso began a mural-size work, “Guernica,” in response to the bombing – and as an expression of the tragedies of war. See the haunting work at the Museo Reina Sofia museum, Spain’s national museum dedicated to 20th-century art.
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan
This Dominican convent in Milan holds a priceless artistic treasure -- that was nearly lost to the world. During World War II, aerial bombs hit the 15th-century church, destroying many of its walls. Luckily, one of the walls of the refectory (dining hall) was spared -- and so was the mural painting that covered it: Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”
Storm King Art Center, New York State
Nature and art combine in tranquil harmony at Storm King Art Center. The 500-acre site, located 1 hour north of NYC, is home to more than 100 carefully placed sculptures. The landscape’s design was the vision of a retired businessman, Ralph Ogden, who founded Storm King in 1960. As you stroll the fields in the lower Hudson Valley, you’ll see massive works of sculpture such as this piece, “Mozart’s Birthday,” by sculptor Mark di Suvero.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
Visitors walk through one of the oldest art museums in the Western world: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Construction of the building began in 1560; later, in 1765, it was opened to the public as a museum. Among the treasures you’ll find inside are Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” ceiling frescoes and ancient Roman sculptures such as “The Wrestlers.”
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art holds a major distinction: It’s home to the only portrait by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas. The Renaissance master’s double-sided portrait of a 15th-century Italian aristocrat, Ginerva de’ Benci, can be found in the West Building’s Main Floor gallery 6.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC
Known simply as MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan houses one of the finest collections of modern art in the Western world. One of the standouts among the museum’s 150,000 treasures is “The Starry Night” -- the famous 1889 work by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh that captures a view of southern France from his sanatorium room window.
Lakshmana Temple, India
Visitors enter Lakshmana Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, in central India. Carvings depicting various erotic scenes adorn the southern facade of this Hindu temple, built more than 1,000 years ago. Still, they’re just a small portion of the astonishingly intricate images you’ll see among the more than 600 Hindu deities that adorn both the inside and outside of this sandstone temple.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico
Before Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, a rich civilization thrived in what is now modern-day Mexico. The pre-Columbian era is preserved at Mexico’s Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Inside you’ll find the largest collection of pre-Columbian artifacts in Mexico, such as the Aztec Stone of the Sun, a large monolithic sculpture that was discovered in 1790.
Spiral Jetty, Utah
This earthwork sculpture, constructed over a 6-day period in 1970, was built entirely of mud, basalt rocks, salt crystals, earth and water. It was the creation of American artist Robert Smithson, who coined the term “earthworks” art. "Spiral Jetty" is Smithson’s most famous example of this art form. While exposure to the elements has changed the jetty’s original colors, it remains a fixture of the northeastern shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.