I like ‘Google Doodles‘. Always have. I find them educational & this one sure was. Though I have read a ton on the Italian Renaissance I had, alas, never come across this extraordinary lady before. So, it was good to read about her.
I am used to Google Doodle’s being published to commemorate someone’s birthday or death. So, when I first looked her up on Wikipedia (above) I could not work out why the Doodle was published today, April 17. I had to do some more reading.
Yes, I would have found it, quicker, IF I had first gone to the ‘Doodle Archive‘, but I didn’t.
When I learned in 2005 that we were going to have a baby I wanted the baby to be named after ONE of these five GREATS — albeit with a unisex name since I do not believe in learning about a baby’s gender before they are born. That I picked Titian in the end speaks volume. As far as I am concerned he was the ‘most normal‘ of the five in terms of ‘family values‘ plus I like the range and variety of his work. As I tell people, I, however, faced a problem with the name ‘Titian’. I did NOT want a child whose name began with ‘Tit’. I knew that they would NOT thank me for that. Hence, Teischan — ideally pronounced as close to Titian. Plus, teischan.com was readily available and I had registered it 4-months ahead of her birth. I had the Website up and running, with pictures of her birth, 12-hours after she was born — on the same day.
A framed copy of this Titian classic has hung in Teischan’s room ever since she was born.
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