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The Google Arts and Culture app (download for iOS or Android) is perfect to have on your smartphone if you don't get to frequent museums as much as you like. The app can help you brush up on your art history and makes classic works of art more accessible.

The app got a great deal of attention for its Art Selfie feature when it launched. The user could take a selfie and the app could find your "art twin."

The app's latest features work with your smartphone camera and Augmented Reality (AR) to bring you face-to-face with some of the world's most famous paintings.

Vermeer Pocket Gallery

The Pocket Gallery feature lets you explore the entirety of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's work in AR "museum".

  1. Open the Google Arts and Culture app
  2. Tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen
  3. Select Pocket Gallery
  4. Wait for the gallery to load and then tap the gallery image
  5. Tap anywhere in the gallery to explore further
  6. Navigate the virtual display by moving your phone or dragging your finger. Pinch the screen to "walk" forward.
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Art Projector

Seeing a painting in a photo can't quite convey the actual size sometimes. For example, many people who see Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa for the first time are surprised that it's only 30 x 20 inches.

The Google Arts and Culture app uses AR to drop famous paintings in your room at their full size.

  1. Open the Google Arts and Culture app
  2. Tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen
  3. Select Art Projector
  4. Point your camera at the floor or a flat surface until the paintings load.
  5. Select the painting you want to see
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Color Palette

You can use Color Palette to find a piece of art based on, you guessed it, color. Or, if you just really love a certain color, you can use this feature to find some paintings to match.

  1. Open the Google Arts and Culture app
  2. Tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen
  3. Select Color Palette
  4. Aim your camera and take a photo of the color you want
  5. Scroll through the paintings or move the dots on your photo to adjust the search results to different colors.
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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.