Free “Shazam for Art” App Identifies Works From Museums Around the World

A post shared by MOBGEN (@mobgen) on

When Shazam arrived in the app store, it made frustrated music listeners everywhere rejoice. Any tune that you heard—but couldn't name—was suddenly at your fingertips. Building on that idea is Smartify, an art app that allows you to scan an artwork, identify the name and artist, and learn more about it. If you’re in one of Smartify’s 30 supported galleries, you’ll never wonder about the story behind a work of art again.

A great painting can be made better by understanding the context surrounding it. This fact inspired Smartify’s team, who call their app a new kind of art docent that “goes beyond audio guides and catalogs, like an enthusiastic and knowledgeable friend available to tell visitors more about the works they are viewing.” In addition to learning about a particular piece, Smartify allows you to save the works you love to view later; you can “build a personal collection” that acts as a mobile gallery. Then, share your favorite scans with other users or discover new works that the app suggests, based on your saved pieces.

From the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, there are institutions around the world where you can use Smartify for an unconventional museum tour. The app is now available and free to download for the iPhone and Android.

The Shazam for art is here. Called Smartify, it's an art app that both identifies artwork and gives you information about it.

It's now available for a free download at 30 museums across the world.

In addition to learning about artwork, you can also save pieces to your personal collection to enjoy whenever—and wherever—you like.

Smartify: Website | Facebook | Instagram
h/t: [It's Nice That]

Related Articles:

Terminally Ill Woman Receives Last Wish to Visit a Museum

Worldwide “Outings” Project Pastes Museum Paintings Onto City Streets

Museum “Bans” Cameras and Encourages Visitors to Experience the Artwork by Drawing It

29 Museum-Worthy Tattoos Inspired by Art History

10+ Museums That Will Let You Spend the Night for a One-of-a-Kind Sleepover

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
Become a
My Modern Met Member
As a member, you'll join us in our effort to support the arts.
Become a Member
Explore member benefits

Sponsored Content