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Why So Serious? Guy Uses FaceApp To Cheer Up Old Museum Sculptures And Paintings

MAY 20, 2017  —  By Corinne Sanders

Have you ever wondered why the subjects featured in classical art never seem to smile?

One explanation is that before the modern era, getting your portrait done was a very rare occurrence that may only happen once in a person's lifetime, so it was taken very seriously. Getting your likeness painted or sculpted was also simply an extremely time-consuming process that would make it very difficult to hold a smile. That's why the people in classic paintings and sculptures we see today seem so unhappy, but with modern technology, this guy's been having a blast turning their frowns upside down.

When Olly Gibbs went to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, he used FaceApp, an application that can put smiles on nearly any serious face, on the exhibits he came across.

As you can see, some of the results are pretty goofy.

Others, however, are a tad bit creepy.

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