June 25, 2013 |
Google built its doodle from Antoni Gaudi -inspired pieces, honoring the 161st anniversary of the architect's birth. The famed Barcelona builder, known as “God's architect,” used mathematical precision to incorporate nature's ripples into his textured structures, including the gray granite Palace Episcopa l de Estorga and the curvy Casa Batllo , which still stand in Spain. Born to a boilermaker in Reus , Spain, Gaudi was a figurehead of Catalan Modernism and a devout Catholic, which is often reflected in the crosses that top his structures.
September 13, 2012 |
Clara Schumann might not be a household name today, but in her heyday she was the toast of Europe -- known as the "Priestess" and the "Queen of the Piano. " This explains why she's honored with Thursday's benchmark of cultural relevancy: A Google Doodle commemorating what would have been her 193rd birthday. The German composer and classical musician died in 1896 following a career that spanned more than six decades--and bucked societal conventions of the time. Among the obstacles facing Schumann: An overbearing father who recognized her genius, and then tried to block her marriage to famed composer Robert Schumann.
July 31, 2012 |
It's arguably the single image that best captures the Olympics, any Olympics: the men's rings. That might explain why today's Google Doodle tribute to the London 2012 Olympics features a so-called artistic gymnast perched atop the men's rings. "The grace, strength and skill of Olympic gymnasts have been astonishing audiences since the Games in Ancient Greece, where Gymnastics was regarded as the perfect symmetry between mind and body," according to a snapshot of the sport offered up by the London 2012 Olympics.
July 14, 2012 |
Google gave a gilded nod to the 150th birthday of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt on Saturday with a Google doodle interpreting one of the symbolist painter's most famous works. The original version of “The Kiss,” depicts a couple mid-embrace and was inspired by the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. Some of Klimt's best-known work was gilded, completed during his “Golden Phase.” The painter was a prominent member of the Vienna Secession, a group of artists who left the Assn.
April 15, 2013 |
Leonhard Euler, a Swiss mathematician who continued to work on complex equations from memory even after he went blind, is honored in Monday's Google Doodle on the 306th anniversary of his birth. Euler, who wrote nearly 900 books over the course of his career on topics such as lunar motion, optics, acoustics, algebra, calculus, geometry and number theory, is one of the most prolific and important mathematicians of the 18th century, and possibly of all time. He was so prolific that a St. Petersburg, Russia, academy continued to publish his unpublished works for at least 30 years after his death in 1783.
February 22, 2012 |
Heinrich Rudolf Hertz -- who, like Van Gogh and Mozart, was a rare genius not fully appreciated during his lifetime -- is honored with a Google Doodle today, his 155th birthday. And perhaps the reason the German physicist wasn't valued for his work was that no one at that point was smart enough to do so. Even Hertz didn't get it. The German physicist, who was the first to broadcast and receive radio waves, did not realize at the time the broader implications of his work -- which laid the groundwork for the invention of the wireless telegraph, radio and TV. GALLERY: Evolution of the doodle "I do not think that the wireless waves I have discovered will have any practical application," Hertz once wrote , according to Scotland's University of St. Andrews.
August 7, 2012 |
The 12th Google doodle of the London 2012 Olympics is our favorite type--the interactive doodle! It celebrates the track and field sport of hurdling just in time for the women's 100-meter hurdles final that will take place Tuesday evening. The men's and women's 400-meter hurdle final are scheduled for Wednesday evening. Google's arm chair version of hurdling will not leave you breathless, but you might need to practice to get your time down. You move forward by tapping the forward and backward arrows as quickly as you can. The spacebar lets you jump.
April 2, 2013 |
Google on Tuesday is noting the 366th anniversary of Maria Sibylla Merian's birth with the gift of the Google Doodle. So what makes Merian special? Her work was a marriage of art and science in a time of few female scientists and little documentation of pupal insects. The 17th century artist and naturalist (thus, the search engine's name spelled out with curled flora, fauna and critters), was captured by butterflies and other pupal insects. PHOTOS: Google Doodles of 2013 The daughter of an engraver and publisher and stepdaughter of a botanical painter, she started studying silkworms as a child in her native Frankfurt, Germany.
March 23, 2012 |
Juan Gris, recipient of a Google Doodle on the 125th anniversary of his birth, was a Cubist painter who was a legend in his own right. But he seems to have rubbed another legend -- Pablo Picasso -- the wrong way. Gris was a minor player in the art world before he went to France. He was an engineering student in Madrid, took painting lessons and created humorous drawings for local newspapers. But in 1906, he left the country for a French tenement -- a "gloomy heap" that was in the midst of a transformation into an artists enclave.
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April 1, 2013 |
A controversy over Easter Sunday's Google doodle for California f arm labor leader Cesar Chave z shows no signs of letting up. Sunday was Chavez's birthday, and Google honored him with a doodle on its home page. Some people have blasted the search engine, saying Easter was the wrong day for such an honor. But Chavez supporters have praised the move. PHOTOS: Google Doodles of 2013 Google, meanwhile, explain what happened .“We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it's difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site,” a Google representative told the Washington Post . “Sometimes for a given date, we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven't in the past.” The debate over the doodle has raged on Facebook and Twitter Sunday and into Monday.