A new doodle popped on the Google landing page today and it’s dedicated to Rembrandt van Rijn, one of the world’s most celebrated artists. The Dutch painter would have turned 407 today and the doodle shows off a version of his Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned Up Collar with the word Google etched on the brown background. Etching was an art technique that Rembrandt particular loved, so that’s a nice touch by the search giant.

A rather sombre doodle this time

A rather sombre doodle this time

Born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden into a family with no ties to his eventual career, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a self-made artist. That his father was a miller and his mother came from a family of bakers should be ample evidence. At university, he showed a penchant for painting and was soon apprenticing for Jacob van Swanenburgh, before opening his own studio in 1625. In 1631, he moved from Leiden to Amsterdam and began a career as a professional portraitist.

Rembrandt’s huge collection of self-portraits earned him a name and became his mark on the art scene. So it’s no surprise to see Google pay the tribute with the ‘Beret and Turned Up Collar’. It must be said this is one of the most sombre Google doodles we have seen in a while. His other famous works include Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632), Belshazzar’s Feast (1635), Night Watch (1642), Bathsheba at Her Bath (1654) and Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild (1662). Rembrandt passed away in Amsterdam at the age of 63.

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