Have you ever felt disconnected from the world of art? A vast majority of the people in the world seem to feel this way when they stare at a painting in an art gallery, which is why the world of art has remained such a niche for such a long period of time. In order to help people to better understand and appreciate the art around them, a new app has been launched to provide detailed information about important works, and even store a digital copy for yourself

Art made easy

In order to use Smartify, users will have to scan a work of art using their smartphones, and that’s about it.

The app takes it from there by using an in-built image recognition software to scour through its ever-growing library, and provide you with a comprehensive set of information about the piece you scanned.

The app is set to launch in May and is only compatible with certain museums for the time being. This involves the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and the Wallace Collection in London. The founders of the app are working on increasing its database, and soon expect the app to cover a larger set of galleries around the world.

The flexibility of the app also allows you to scan replicas of famous pieces without having to visit a gallery to obtain the information. If you scan the imitation of Mona Lisa in your bedroom, you will get the same results as you would when you scan the real deal.

This allows people to better understand some of the most famous and commonly-seen masterpieces in the immediate world around them.

One of the co-founders of Smartify, Thanos Kokkiniotis, likes to call his app as a mix of music recognition app Shazam, and music discovery app - Spotify.

Understanding art

Only a fraction of the people in the world can claim to understand art and not be lying.

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The fact is that the medium is one of the least commercial of all the general forms in the world. Helping people understand the historical significance of certain works, and even peer beneath the exterior of modern pieces will go a long way in improving the cultural foundation of society.