Smartify is a smarter way to take a museum audio tour – or to learn about magnificent art from the comfort of your home.
With the help of the camera on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the app recognises more than two million works from 100-plus art institutions around the world. Just scan the work to listen to audio commentary or read a description detailing the piece’s history and inspiration.
Cool hack: This feature also works with photos of famous artworks. Try scanning a thumbnail of van Gogh’s The Starry Night in your web browser, for instance.
An in-app purchase gives you access to curated tours of top museums. Masterpieces of the Louvre, for example, offers insights about the Venus de Milo, da Vinci's Mona Lisa and a dozen other great works. Many tours are available for free. You can find these in the Trending Tours section of the Explore page. Prefer to let your fingers do the walking? Swipe to browse works of art from the National Gallery in London, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Moscow’s Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and many others. And when you find a piece of art you love, the app can even show you how it would look in your home. Simply tap the AR (augmented reality) button at the top of the screen to see the priceless painting hanging (virtually) on your wall.