Today is the 1st day of 2017’s Black History Month!
Although we spend EVERY month celebrating black culture and the amazing people in it, we have a lot of content to share with you for this year’s BHM and we’re excited about it.
Kicking the month off in a major way, Google has gotten involved in the BHM spirit by paying homage to one of the most iconic artists in not only black history, but the history of art. Cue in, Edmonia Lewis.
To show their respect, Google has posted a Doodle on their front page (as they usually do) of Edmonia working on a sculpture. When you click the Doodle, Google takes you to a laundry list of links so you can learn more about Edmonia and the work she did over the years.
Ms. Lewis is the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve global recognition as a sculptor. Though she has tons of legendary pieces of work, one of her most famous pieces was “The Death of Cleopatra,” which is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
The sculpture was first revealed at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Lewis’s realistic portrayal of the Cleopatra’s death shocked viewers and received acclaim from critics, who called it “the most remarkable piece of sculpture in the American section” of the show.
This was the aforementioned sculpture Google decided to depict on their homepage.
If you don’t know much about Edmonia Lewis and her artistry, visit Google to learn more about her and to see the Doodle.