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November 12, 2012
Even people who know nothing about art know the works of Auguste Rodin. The French sculptor who created "The Thinker" and "The Kiss" was born on this day in 1840. Google has created a blue-tinted homage to the sculpture on the occasion of the artist's birthday. "The Thinker" (Le Penseur) was first created in 1902, though there are many other casts of the famous sculpture. Rodin's sculpture of Honore de Balzac also exists in many versions, including casts at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena.
March 8, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
International Women's Day is today. How are you observing it, aside from perhaps noting the Google Doodle set up in its honor? Maybe you're signing an online petition seeking gender equality in medical research. Or tweeting using the hashtag "#womensday" to honor women's progress and to renew commitments to women's rights. If you're in Kabul, Afghanistan, you might be making a stop by that city's first Internet cafe just for women. International Women's Day is not nearly as well known in the United States as it is in other parts of the globe; elsewhere, it's marked by rallies, banners and even a day off. Many people in Armenia and Mongolia get time away from the job; in China, only women have that luxury.
July 31, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
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.
September 13, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
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 14, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
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 | By Deborah Netburn, Post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
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.
March 23, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
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.
April 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
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.
April 9, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Eadweard J. Muybridge, pioneer of motion photography and Google Doodle recipient, was so unique that he couldn't stick with his given name, Edward.  And that was long before the days of Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) and Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta). The English photographer was an original whose stunning accomplishments were dimmed -- at least for a time -- by sordid, bloody happenings in his personal life. Muybridge, born 182 years ago today in England, changed his name from Edward James Muggeridge because he wanted to adopt the original Anglo-Saxon form of his name, according to Encyclopedia Brittanica.
April 1, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
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.
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