If you have not yet been to Google today then just look up. Above is the logo that Google is sporting currently. Aside from it being a beautiful piece of art to look at, I am sure you are curious as to why Google picked this look for today.
Google’s going green today to honor a natural woman: Maria Sibylla Merian, a scientific illustrator born April 2, 1647. Merian is best known for the illustrated text Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, which she published in 1705 after spending two years in the Dutch colony of Suriname. Merian went to Suriname to study, document and draw insects.
Merian makes for a particularly well qualified Google Doodle honoree. Merian’s work has been recognized for its unique contrast of scientific genius and beauty. er work garnered several important fans, including Russian emperor Peter the Great.
Below are a couple of her works:
She is indeed a very talented woman. Maria Sibylla Merian died in Amsterdam in 1717, two years after suffering a stroke that left her partially paralyzed. Maria Sibylla Merian created an incredible merger of science and art with her tireless study and gorgeous copperplate engravings. Merian is the second female scientist Google has honored this year.
I think it is wonderful that Google is celebrating her. Yay Google!