May 20, 2022

New App: “Smartify Functions as “Shazam For the Art World”, Now Live at 30 International Art Museums

From Deezen:

An app has launched that allows users to instantly identify artworks and access information about them, by simply scanning them with a smartphone.

Smartify launched at the Royal Academy of Arts [on September 21, 2017]. It has been described by its creators as “a Shazam for the art world”, because – like the app that can identify any music track – it can reveal the title and artist of thousands of artworks.

It does so by cross-referencing them with a vast database that the company is constantly updating.


The app provides users with detailed information about the piece they’re looking at, as well as recorded interviews with the artist. The aim is to offer a more human story, rather than the dry descriptions typical of audio guides and catalogues.

Read the Complete Deezen Article

Direct to Download Smartify App (via iTunes App Store)

Direct to Download via Google Play

From the Smartify Blog:

Smartify, which uses image recognition technology to identify works of art scanned through a smartphone, is now live at museums including London’s National Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts, the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the Doge’s Palace in Venice. The app is also available on Open Access data from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Smartify also announced a partnership with Wikimedia Foundation, to assess Wikipedia images and convey the artwork recognition service in multiple languages.

Read the Complete Launch Announcement, View Panel Discussion at Launch Event

Direct to Smartify Website and List of Museums

Direct to Download Smartify App (via iTunes App Store)

Direct to Download via Google Play

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