Lonely Planet Writer

Who do you think you are - Quebec museum pairs people with ancient sculpture lookalikes

Ever wonder what Greco-Roman or Egyptian sculpture you look like? Now you can find out if you have Caesar’s nose or Aphrodite’s cheekbones.

Perge Museum- Aphrodite statue from the second century.
Perge Museum- Aphrodite statue from the second century. Image by Lonely Planet

Québec City’s Musée de la civilisation has opened submissions for an upcoming exhibition that will pair contemporary portraits with artwork from Greco-Roman and Egyptian collections. Utilising facial-recognition technology, the museum will match people’s faces with sculptures that are over 2000 years old. Twenty-five to thirty matched faces will then be displayed as part of the My 2000-Year-Old Double exhibition, which opens 23 May 2018 and runs to 14 April 2019.

The exhibition is a partnership between the Musée de la civilisation and Musée d’Art et d’Histoire and Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, two Swiss galleries that collectively contain over 650,000 pieces of archaeological and fine art. Québécois photographer François Brunelle will take professional portraits of selected participants for the exhibition.

The museum has two photo booths onsite where potential Venus lookalikes can snap pictures for submission. There’s also a website where people can upload their photos. Participants have until 30 April 2017 to submit their photos. The museum suggests users take photos in good light and avoid modern accessories like sunglasses, hats or smiling.