Imagine yourself wandering the halls of your favorite museum when suddenly you see it—a portrait of someone who looks exactly like you, immortalized in an ornate gold frame. If you’ve been lucky enough to spot your art-history doppelgänger hanging on the walls of a hallowed institution, you’re not alone—just ask the finalists in the recent Vincent van Goghlookalike contest.
Recently, Bored Panda, a Buzzfeed-esque website with an artistic bent, posted a selection of spot-on images of people posing in front of portraits that could easily be their doubles. Does the canvas show a long-lost relative or a past life? There’s no way to tell, but the resemblances are downright uncanny.
Surprising exactly no one, the project has quickly gone viral. The model has proven its drawing power—on the Internet and beyond. Consider the popularity of Rob Pruitt’s contribution to this year’s Art Basel in Basel, which paired photographs of major art world players with images of their celebrity twins. (Think Gavin Brown and Mark Ruffalo, and Okwui Enwezor and Usher.) Read more