Google's 'Pet Portraits' Feature Found my Cat's Historical Twin

Google finally has a feature that allows me to fulfill a lifelong dream: Leia, my baby, can be on the blog. I have no intention of achieving my goal, but the new "Pet Portraits” feature by Google is certain to bring you joy and teach you something on this lazy Monday.


Google's Arts & Culture App's Pet Portraits feature is a clever way for us to get out of TikTok and K-dramas and to see some pet art. Google uses machine learning and computer vision to match your pet's photo to thousands of historical artworks. This includes paintings, sculptures and photos from the past.

Google announced the feature via its blog on Monday.

9to5Google discovered the feature on Android last Wednesday and reported it on iOS.

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It is simple to find your pet's historical art doppelganger. This test was done using photos of Leia, my six-month old cat (also known as "Baby" in Gizmodo Slack). Pet Portraits is not limited to cats and dogs. Google claims that Pet Portraits will work with fish, birds and reptiles as well as horses, rabbits, and other animals.

Select the Google-colored camera icon located in the middle section of Arts & Culture. This should take you to Pet Portraits. Google has many other cool features for this section of the app, so if you do get lost, just look for the green icon.


Google will ask you to take a picture of your pet once you reach the Pet Portraits section. Because Leia was asleep when I wrote this blog I had to use photos that I already had taken. The rest of the process is very straightforward once you have chosen a photo. Google will analyse the photo and provide a list of results that are based on how similar they look to your pet.

Clicking on an art will reveal its name and give you the opportunity to find out more. Google displayed many artworks for me to choose from, but the one I was most interested in was Antoinette Marsgot's 1885 painting "Tommy". Google claimed that "Tommy" was the American Red Cross founder Clara Barton’s cat with the same name. This is true, I'd say! Although they are not identical in color, their striking green eyes are the same.


Arts & Culture reports that Tommy was Barton's "faithful friend" for 17 years. Margot, the artist worked alongside Barton during World War II. The National Historic Site Clara Barton, part of National Park Service, contributed the painting.


I was curious about the results of Leia's other photos so I uploaded one of her doing her favorite thing, biting. We're still working on it. The 18th-century painting "Portrait of a Little Girl and a White Cat", by Catherine Lusurier, was the first result with an 87% compatibility score.


The cat in the painting is not Leia, but it looks very much like her mother, even though she looks grumpy. However, the eyes look very similar.

Art & Culture did not provide any additional information about the painting in this instance, but it appears that they were unaware of the problem. The painting was donated by the Atlanta High Museum of Art. It doesn't have an online description and is only classified as European art.


Pet Portraits offers two ways to share your photos every time you upload one. You have two options: save your collage with a specific artwork as an image, or create a slideshow of all your results. Some of the artwork was too dark for me and some didn't match my B aby, so I decided to save my favorites like the one below.


This blog must be ended. There are very few things that make me happy and chatty as Leia. You can rest assured that I will continue to share all my Pet Portrait collages with you if I don't quit. If you love pets, feel free to leave your collages below!