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OMG. On November 11, Max Galuppo, 20, of Bloomsbury, NJ, encountered his doppelganger (aka his double) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The painting, “Portrait of a Nobleman with Duelling Gauntlet” (1562) by an anonymous artist, has an uncanny resemblance to the young man and the hundreds of comments on Reddit attest to it.

The funny things is Galuppo didn’t spot the resemblance until he saw the photo. “To be honest, I didn’t see it. I didn’t see the resemblance. And then I saw the picture of me next to it, and you can’t deny that,” he told ABC News.

Is the man in the painting Galuppo’s ancestor? Maybe, but no one is sure, though Galuppo does say that the painting is from the same region of Italy his grandparents hail from.

We think this man deserves a free lifetime membership to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, don’t you?

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As expected, the reactions on Twitter are hilarious, but this one wins:

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9 replies on “Man Finds His Doppelganger at Philadelphia Museum of Art”

  1. The dude’s t-shirt has an amazing parallel to the whole doppleganger incident. Two doppleganger statues staring at each other…

  2. My wife’s family is originally from Sachsen, the German state of Saxony. When we visited the main art museum in Dresden we saw a painting of a 16th-century Saxon nobleman who was a dead ringer for her brother. Limited gene pool, maybe?

    1. I think that is exactly what it is. A tight gene pool. All over Europe you see this. When people started saying that the Mona Lisa was a self portrait of Leonardo himself… I just went “ho hum.” Just go to the area between Florence and Pisa and you will encounter the same face. In Ferrara in the Palazzo Schifanoia there are Cosme Tura’s frescoes of ” the Triumphs”, hundreds of faces looking at you from the walls of both men and women and they all look like the young Mussolini! (he was born not to far from there). Also the word “Doppelgaenger” here is misused, It means a double who is a ghostly presence…well maybe with a stretch of linguistic imagination we could get to that usage. In closing when you go to a village or country town each town has its own look of mutt and here I am talking about dogs, Well in places where people have not emigrated for centuries you get the same thing.

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