Our Team’s 5 Best Google Art Doppelgangers

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Stories January 23, 2018 Featured Image

When we heard about the Google Art Doppelgangers trend we couldn’t resist joining in the fun and trying it out for ourselves! Many members of our team discovered their alter egos using the Google Arts & Culture app.

Being a company that specializes in one-of-a-kind museum tours, however, we decided to take it a step further than simply finding our staff’s doppelgangers. Since we love telling good stories, we decided to take our team’s results and do a little digging into the backstories behind the paintings and the artists we matched with.

Take a look at five of our team’s best results – and the stories that go with them – below.

Zak and Bertha Worms’s Beduino

The Artist

  • Anna Clémence Bertha Abraham Worms was a French-born Brazilian art professor and painter, best known for genre scenes and portraits.

The Story

  • Precocious AF, Worms enrolled in the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris when she was just 13.
  • Though Worms lived at a time when women weren’t allowed a lot of freedoms (she was born in 1868), she didn’t let social norms slow her down. Worms got her degree at the age of seventeen so she could teach art in local schools.
  • After marrying a Brazilian dental surgeon, Worms moved back to Brazil where she established a drawing and painting course and organized yearly exhibits for her students. Talk about a badass art bitch!
Sam in Inaya Fanis Hodeib’s Stories from B Town 1

The Artist

  • Hodeib was born in 1983 and is currently based in the Netherlands.
  • For someone so young, she’s seen an incredible amount of success. Hodeib’s had shows in Stockholm, Cape Town, Amsterdam, and Beirut, just to name a few.
  • You can find her on Instagram at @inaya_fanis_hodeib

The Inspiration  

  • Hodeib’s work is largely influenced by her observations of the hardships of war and political conflicts she witnessed while growing up in Lebanon.
  • Painting was a part of Hodeib’s life from a young age: “I can not remember the day I first started painting but what I do know is that it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Ben in Robert Mussard’s Willem V (1748-1806), Prins van Oranje-Nassau

The Subject

  • William V, aka the Prince of Orange, was the last heir to the Dutch Republic.
  • By all accounts, William V was a pretty mixed bag: though he was known to have a fine memory and good character, he could also be indecisive and overly Type A.

The Struggle

  • William V had a pretty tough time holding on to power in the Netherlands.
  • William V led some troops to fight against the leaders of the French revolution. Though he was successful initially, the French revolutionaries came back and kicked William V out of the Netherlands. He ended up having to seek asylum in England.
  • Unwanted and without a throne, William V bounced from country to country before dying in exile at his daughter’s palace in Brunswick.
Kristina in Francois Boucher’s Les Sabots (The Wooden Shoes)

The Artist

  • Francois Boucher is one of the most well-known and prolific Rococo artists; you can’t talk about one without the other.
  • Boucher was well known for his classical themes, embellished allegories, and pastoral scenes. He often opted to forego the traditional innocence portrayed in these scenes for passion and eroticism.

The Work

  • Over the course of a successful 50-year career, Boucher made more than 1, 000 paintings, 200 engravings, and 10, 000 drawings. Busy guy!
  • Boucher was Louis XV’s and Madame de Pompadour’s official favorite painter, so he made a decent amount of money from his talents.
  • Boucher was famous for saying that nature is “trop verte et mal éclairée” (too green and badly lit). What a guy!
Julia in Auguste Renoir’s In Summer

The Artist

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French artist, most well known for being a champion of the Impressionist style of painting.
  • His work frequently focused on people in intimate and honest compositions – most notably the female nude.

The Rumor

  • The French model in this painting, Lise Tréhot, started modeling for Renoir in 1866 at 18 years old and stopped abruptly in 1872. She appeared in over 20 of Renoir’s paintings.
  • The nature of their relationship is still unknown but it is rumored Tréhot had 2 of Renoir’s children.
  • The first most likely died as an infant and the second Renoir supported until his death (but he NEVER officially acknowledged being the child’s father).


Have you found your #googleartsandculture doppelganger? We’d love to see it! Tag us in your photos and we’ll share the best matches.

written with 💖 by Taylor Gmahling

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