New Jersey student Max Galuppo find his look-alike in 16th century Italian painting

Jordana Divon
Contributing Writer
Daily Buzz

Thanks to the Internet, that magical aggregator of all things weird and wonderful, we now know about the impressive cache of celebrities who resemble dead historical figures — the most amazing, of course, being 'vampire' Nicolas Cage.

If anything, it will make the casting director's job that much easier come Alice Cooper biopic time when she simply needs to refer to this photo of Steve Carrell from The 40 Year Old Virgin.

And actor Andrew Garfield won't even have to audition before production begins on the next Trotsky movie.

But how many non-famous folks can walk into a museum and find themselves eerily represented in a 16th century Italian painting?

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As ABC News reports, Max Galuppo may now count himself among the very few.

The 20-year-old Temple University student was taking in a bit of culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the weekend when a random painting entitled "Portrait of a Nobleman with Dueling Gauntlet" stopped his girlfriend in her tracks.

"It was really weird. He goes to Temple so we'd been saying for a while we wanted to go to the art museum," Nikkie Curtis told "We went into the armor exhibit and he loved the helmets. He was completely oblivious to it, and I walked past it and was like, 'Do you see this painting right now? It looks just like you.'"

Though a picture showing Galuppo next to his Renaissance-era doppelganger has turned him into an instant web celebrity, the New Jersey native admits his girlfriend's eye was initially much sharper than his own.

"To be honest, I didn't see it. I didn't see the resemblance," he told the news network. "And then I saw the picture of me next to it, and you can't deny that."

As another sharp eye pointed out in the original story's comments section, Galuppo's Pink Floyd T-shirt with the two identical faces looking at each other makes for a particularly nice flourish.

The photo has so delighted net denizens that a Reddit user even offered to fashion Galuppo a matching costume just to have him pose in front of the painting again.

Until that apex of Facebook profile picture opportunities presents itself, Galuppo has busied himself with researching the painting's history.

Though it's proved a frustrating task so far, with little information available, he has learned that the portrait originated from an area in Italy close to where his grandparents were born.

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And if this isn't a future episode for an ancestry-tracing TV show, that will be one enormous missed opportunity.

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