Google today dedicates a doodle on its homepage to one of the most famous painters of all time— Rembrandt van Rijn. The doodle celebrating the Dutch painter’s 407th birthday portrays Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned Up Collar with the word Google etched in the background.
Born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Netherlands, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born into a poor family with no connections to art. His father was a miller and his mother came from a family of bakers. But while studying at the University of Leiden, Rembrandt showed an eye for art from a very early age. After some years he would apprentice for a Leiden-based painter, Jacob van Swanenburgh, and in 1625 he would go on to open his own studio. In 1631, he moved to Amsterdam and for the first time began working as a professional portraitist.
Rembrandt’s famous works include the likes of 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). However it is his huge collection of self-portraits including the aforementioned Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned Up Collar that would become his legacy.
Rembrandt van Rijn died on October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam aged 63.