Google Doodle Celebrates Diego Rivera’s 125th Birthday

Today’s Google Doodle honors Mexican painter and communist icon Diego Rivera.

Rivera was born in Guanajuato on Dec 8, 1886. He studied art in Mexico City and later continued his studies in Europe.

After his return to Mexico in 1921, he became involved in a government-sponsored program that had artists cover the walls of official institutions with murals.

Rivera’s often politically themed murals helped established Mexican muralism, an art movement that took place from the 1920s to the 1960s, heavily influencing later generations of Mexican artists.

Rivera is also known for being the husband of another famous painter, Frida Kahlo.

He died on Nov. 24, 1957; his murals can be seen in Mexico City, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City.

BONUS: More Google Doodles

The Christmas Google Doodle

Each package gets larger with a mouse-over, and a click on it returns search results pertinent to a specific country or the particular items featured in a scene. This one is from December 24, 2010.

Click here to view this gallery.

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