Let's say you've come across an image of a painting on-line, but it's not attributed to the artist, and you're curious to know more. For instance, here is Perspectives, by Jean-Paul Riopelle.
- Drag and drop the image onto your desktop.
- Open your browser to https://images.google.ca/
- Drag and drop the image into the search box.
The result will be something like this:
Not only will you find multiple sources for that image, but with any luck you'll find out the name of the artist, the title, size, date and location of the painting, as well as similar paintings, some by the same artist.
This can be useful for visual artists like me, who post images of our work on-line. I can quickly determine whether my image has been pinned on a Pinterest site, or indeed if my work has been appropriated by some greeting card company.
Sometimes the results can be quite hilarious. When I noticed a lot of traffic for a blog post of four recent paintings, I did a Google Search by Image. Here is one of the paintings:
Google's "best guess" for this image was "Reebok latest shoes". Thoughtfully, a link to the relevant website was included.
A second painting,
yielded results that included a photo of a swan and of a snowman's face.
It was gratifying when the third of my images was recognized as a "painting", with images of other (random?) paintings offered for comparison.
How ever did we manage before Google?