Will Ferrell’s “Art Class Guy” is going to be thrilled to hear this.
Google’s latest homepage design celebrates what would have been French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s 172 birthday. When you click on The Thinker in Google, you are brought to the search results for “Auguste Rodin.” Considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, Rodin’s most celebrated works are likely familiar to you, whether you’re an art history buff or not. From “The Age of Bronze” to “St. John the Baptist Preaching” Rodin’s art, influenced heavily by Michelangelo, was quite controversial during his time.
His most famous piece, “Le Penseur (The Thinker),” that Google replicated above, was created in 1902 in Paris. According to his bio on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, “The increasingly erotic character of Rodin’s sculpture can be explained by his preoccupation with two highly charged literary sources. These were Dante’s Inferno and Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil.”
Check out Ferrell’s (NSFW) SNL art spoof below:
Family Guy‘s T-shirt looks downright classy by comparison.