– Do you look like Cleopatra or Julius Caesar? Do you perhaps resemble an ancient genius or someone you may never even have heard anything about? Who was your Doppelganger?
The idea that we all have a Doppelganger is an is an ancient and widespread belief. Ancient legends tell that Doppelgangers (German for “double-walker”) is a duplicate of a real person. It is someone that looks the exact same as another person, yet is not a twin.
According to some beliefs and superstitions, doppelgangers are supposed to be the ‘evil twin’. Several ancient civilizations had different understanding of the nature of a Doppelganger.
Is it really possible to find your ancient Doppelganger and if so, how can this be done?
A Canadian museum has launched a project that will help people to find their 2,000-year-old Doppelganger. The project is part of an upcoming exhibition “My 2,000-Year-Old Double,” launched by the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City, Canada.
According to the museum, twenty-five to thirty photographs of contemporary faces will be matched with works from the Greco-Roman and Egyptian collections of the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art.
The museum is now inviting people to upload their photographs so they can find their ancient doppelgängers. Those with the closest matches will then be featured as part of the museum’s exhibition that is scheduled to run Oct. 24, 2018 through Oct. 27, 2019.
With help of a facial recognition software program, scientists will analyze your face and scan through 123 facial comparison points, such as the bridge of your nose and the shape of your mouth, before matching you with one of 60 Greco-Roman and Egyptian sculptures dating back some 2,000 years.
Naturally it will be almost impossible to find a perfect match, but Hélène Bernier, the museum’s Director of Programming says that if your photo resembles a statue with at least 95 percent accuracy, then they have found your ancient Doppelganger.
So far, more than 25,000 people have uploaded images and participating in this unusual project is free. Selected participants will be immortalized by Québec art photographer François Brunelle.
The museum also offers everyone option to browse its Flickr album showing all the sculptures and identify one’s own Doppelganger!