If you haven't heard, today is the birthday of painter and etcher Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. The Dutch artist would be 407 if he was alive. But he's incredibly dead. Nevertheless, Google has devoted a doodle to Rembrandt to honor him. Unfortunately, despite the timelessness of the artist's work, the doodle is pretty forgettable. You can see it below.

Rembrandt was born in 1606 in an area that is now the Netherlands. Over his lifetime he created about 600 paintings and etchings, including 40 self-portraits. The artist's aesthetic is hard to describe in one certain way as his paintings displayed various approaches. However one quality of his work that is constant is his ability to display depth in an arresting way. His work cannot be fully appreciated online; you have to get the experience in person.

But, we can't do that for you so we decided to give you some images of his works above. If you get a chance to travel, you can pay a visit to the National Gallery in London where his works are currently on display every day of the week, free of charge.

[via HuffingtonPost]

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