These grumpy portraits were given awesome smiley makeovers

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Have you ever walked around an art gallery and thought, “Why
does everyone look so miserable?”

Twitter user Olly Gibbs has. And so, during a recent visit to
Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, he came up with a solution to brighten
up some of the portraits.

It involved FaceApp – which uses facial recognition software to
make a person’s face look older, younger, or even a different
gender.

One other thing it can do, though, is make a person smile.

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“The idea started in the tower of the Old Church,” he told
Dutch newspaper deVerdieping Trouw.

“I took a picture with my girlfriend of the beautiful view over
Amsterdam, but I laughed because I’m afraid of heights. She
said that there was an app that my grimace could be transformed
into a brilliant smile.”

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You can guess what happened next.

The couple then visited the Rijksmuseum and had the idea they
could apply the same smiles to some of the less than happy
faces on display.

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“They looked like me on that tower… [so] my girlfriend then
thought it would be fun to use the app to cheer them a little,”
Olly said.

“We then had a lot of time in the museum and walked around to
find the most grumpy faces.”

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As anyone who’s ever seen a portrait can confirm, finding
grumpy-looking faces was not difficult.

Olly had a wealth of material to choose from, and didn’t even
limit himself to paintings. Why not apply it to sculptures too?

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Olly told the newspaper he’d be happy if the craze helped
attract more people to museums.

We’re certainly sold. Grab your phone and meet us at the
National Portrait Gallery.

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