Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 407th birthday anniversary of one of the greatest painters of all time, Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt was a master painter who excelled in a technique chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro is a style of art that incorporates the strong use of light and dark. Rembrandt used the self portrait as a subject to emulate this technique sometimes showing varying degrees of shadow on one side of the face.
Rembrandt also used this effect to create somber moods and tones in his later paintings such as in his masterpiece The Night Watch. Rembrandt also excelled in his later works in creating a style of motion or movement.
So what Rembrandt self portrait is featured in the Google Doodle search logo?
The Rembrandt self portrait in the Google Doodle is part of the painting Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar. As you can see the self portrait of Rembrandt in the Google search embodies the light and dark shadow technique as the lower body below the face is hidden in shadow while the lower parts of the letters of the Google logo also are filled in shadow. The face of the self portrait fills out the “g” in Google quite well.