- Twitter user @cdaenerys posted pictures of people who bear an uncanny resemblance to characters in famous works of art earlier this week
- The stunning thread quickly went viral, and inspired others to share the unbelievable photos of themselves with their historical doppelgängers
- Several of the photos feature people who happened to be dressed in nearly identical outfits to the ones worn by the figures in the portraits
Published: 13:55 EST, 29 December 2017 | Updated: 19:08 EST, 29 December 2017
People are sharing incredible photos of themselves posed in front of their historical doppelgängers after coming across their lookalikes in paintings hanging in museums and galleries around the world.
The popular post inspired others to share similar snapshots of themselves posed in front of various works of art after they unexpectedly came across their doppelgängers.
Art fans have been sharing their uncanny resemblance to museum portraits, including this woman who looks identical to the subject of Edgar Degas' Le Village
Several of the photos feature people who happened to be dressed in nearly identical outfits to the ones worn by the figures in the portraits
Alexander Farah, a filmmaker from British Columbia, shared a photo of himself posed next Ilia Efimovich Repin's oil on canvas portrait of Russian author Vsevolod Mikhailovich Garshin
This woman has the same hairstyle and youthful facial features as the girl in this portrait
This man's glasses and expression perfectly match those of the man in the painting he is posed next to
Charlotte Kennedy-Cox bears an uncanny resemblance to the woman featured in this painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
This wouldn't couldn't' resist striking a pose while taking a picture with her historic lookalike
'Imagine knowing someone looked exactly like you several centuries ago,' @cdaenery wrote in the comments section of the thread.
Several of the photos feature people who happened to be dressed in nearly identical outfits to the ones worn by the figures in the portraits, making for even more startling comparisons.
Meanwhile, others adjusted their poses so they perfectly mirrored their canvas twin while taking their incredible snapshots.
The first photo @cdaenerys shared in her post is a picture of Rebecca Fleenor standing front of a William-Adolphe Bouguereau painting called 'The Broken Pitcher.'
With her blonde curls and wide eyes, Fleenor bears a striking resemblance to the young woman featured in the 1891 painting.
The impromptu snapshot went viral earlier this year, leading Fleenor to wake up to her photo posted on a Reddit thread back in September.
Although he is sporting some facial, he shares the same eyes, nose, and jawline with the man in the painting he is posed next to
This man replicated the man in the portrait's pose while taking this museum photo
Two strangers shared photos of themselves posed with the same painting of a dark haired man, making them real life doppelgängers
The two friends happen to look just like the two men in the painting behind them
They have been born centuries apart, but these two men bear an uncanny resemblance to each other
'They leaked my nudes,' this woman joked when she shared this photo
This photo of Rebecca Fleenor standing front of a William-Adolphe Bouguereau painting called 'The Broken Pitcher' first went viral in September
The editorial assistant at CNET went on to write about her sudden viral fame, explaining that her friend took the picture at San Francisco's Legion of Honor museum in November 2016.
'He didn't see the resemblance, but I twisted his arm and he begrudgingly took the picture with my phone,' she recalled. 'My shirt happened to match the skirt of the girl in the painting, which was a fun coincidence.'
Since the photo first took the internet by storm, it has been included in numerous posts about people who have found their doppelgängers in museums.
'Now that I've accepted my newfound internet fame, I thought I should clarify a few things,' Fleenor wrote. 'I'm not a vampire. Just a big "Buffy" fan. I'm not a time traveler, or I would absolutely be riding a dinosaur right now.
'I'm not an immortal or Dorian Gray. (Actually I'm almost 29.) Online dating is really hard,' she continued. 'I've looked into replicating the outfit of the girl in the painting. I could do it for probably $50 on Amazon.'
This man could well be looking in the mirror as he poses in front of his bearded brother
While exploring the Louvre, this woman found what could only be a distant relative
This portrait from Alfred Sisley looks spookily similar to a hipster of the millennial age
This painting entitled Man in Armour Holding a Pike by Jan van Bijlert shares the exact same facial features as this museum goer
Both this portrait and this young art fan share the same skin tone, hair color and face shape
Sharing this photo on Imgur, this man wrote: So I found a picture of myself dressed as a Samurai 111 years ago at The MET. Apparently I was a collector of Samurai armor, I've drunk a lot since then so I don't really recall but it's totally plausible that's it's me'
Alexander Farah, a filmmaker from British Columbia, shared a photo of himself posed next Ilia Efimovich Repin's oil on canvas portrait of Russian author Vsevolod Mikhailovich Garshin.
Although they were born more than a century apart, Farah and Garshin share the same dark hair, full beard, and thick eyebrows.
Unsurprisingly, the thread has made many people question if these historic lookalikes are time travelers or the products of reincarnation.
Others, including @cdaenerys, vowed to search museums far and wide until they find their historic lookalikes.
Two strangers shared photos of themselves posed with the same painting of a dark haired man, and @cdaenerys connected them to their 'real life doppelgänger' in the comments section.
'Even the doppelganger has a doppelganger! Mind. Blown,' a woman named Nikki commented.
The man in this painting and his visitor share not only the same stature but hair color and texture and, of course, a righteous beard
When this man shared this side-by-side comparison on Imgur fellow users accused him of being a time traveler due to his identical features
This man delighted in his cameo in Orazio Gentileschi's Judith and Holofernes
This mural of Spanish hero El Cid looked remarkably like this young visitor
This long-haired lad looks the spitting image of Íñigo Melchor de Velasco, 7th Duke of Frías
One woman was left red faced when she coordinated her ensemble with a woman in a painting
Aware of his similarities to the subject of Portrait of a Nobleman with Dueling Gauntlet this man came prepared for his photo opportunity
With his curly locks and pale skin this man looks remarkably similar to St John the Baptist in this portrait
This visitor had planned on taking a photo of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre but ended up capturing this remarkable photo instead
This man fully embraced his resemblance to Henry VIII and has dressed to suit the part
This high school student was highly amused upon discovering her lookalike in silk painting form
This cheerful tot bore a striking resemblance to this oil painting of a young girl much to her parents' delight
With his curly hair and chubby cheeks this young man is comparable to an angelic cherub
Thanks to their similar approach to facial hair and with matching bushy manes this historic figure and a young visitor could be twins
One young boy found his doppelganger in the form of a wax work of a prehistoric child in Trento Science Museum in Italy
A rather stern young man looks near-enough related to the figure in Portrait of Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire by Theodore Chasseriau
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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
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Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
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