The story of Temple student Max Galuppo “finding himself” in a 1592 Italian portrait on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art last weekend is making the Internet rounds. Who do you think you look like?
Do you ever get friends, or even strangers, stopping you and saying, “You look like someone … Who is it?” Do you have an answer for them?
Temple University student Max Galuppo does.
The 20-year-old from Bloomsbury, N.J., was visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art with his girlfriend on Sunday when he stumbled across his 450-year-old twin. He said he missed the resemblance until his girlfriend, Nikkie Curtis, pointed out “Portrait of a Nobleman with Dueling Gauntlet” by an unknown 16th century Italian artist in the museum’s armor room.
We might not all be lucky enough to see ourselves at the museum. Given some of the nudes on display, maybe that’s for the better. Still, it could be fun to see your “twin” in a painting, or in a magazine, or in a movie.
Curtis’ photo of Galuppo standing next to the 1562 painting blew up on Reddit when she uploaded it that night. Since then, the story has made the Internet rounds from ABCnews.com and CNN.com to the Huffington Post and Britain’s Daily Mail.
A Reddit user offered to make him a costume matching that of the portrait’s subject so Galuppo could mimic the painting in real life. And Galuppo has indicated he’d be willing to pose in full regalia. But there may be more to it than red leggings. Galuppo said he looked into the portrait’s history and found that both it and his grandparents come from the same part of Italy. With more research he may find that unnamed nobleman among his ancestors.
Who do you think you look like?