Can you identify this painting in the Marygrove Library? Google Goggles did.

Can  you identify this painting?

[Image from Metropolitan Museum of Art]

Yes, you can? Our hats are off to you!

No? Well, don’t feel bad, we couldn’t either. Three of your librarians met in the Rare Book Room last week and saw with fresh eyes what had been on the wall for years: a print of a beautiful painting which looked vaguely familiar, as if we should know the painter and the title. We racked our brains but couldn’t find an answer…

…So librarian Jennifer Meacham used an app on her iPod called Google Goggles to take a picture, scan it, and find a match on the web. After a moment’s search, the app gave us the answer we’d been looking for: this is a print of an 1898 painting by Edwin Austin Abbey called “King Lear,” Act I, Scene I. Fun bonus: Jennifer is a huge Shakespeare fan. 🙂

Interested in learning more about the Goggles app? It uses image recognition technology to recognize objects and return relevant search results. You can:

  • Scan barcodes to get product information
  • Scan QR codes to extract information
  • Recognize famous landmarks
  • Translate by taking a picture of foreign language text
  • Add contacts by scanning business cards or QR codes
  • Scan text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Recognize paintings, books, dvd, cds, and just about any 2D image
  • Solve Sudoku puzzles

If you have an Android or an Apple device, you can download Goggles here:

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