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13 Art Mysteries Children Should Know
     

13 Art Mysteries Children Should Know

by Angela Wenzel
 

In this intriguing book, young readers will be introduced to the unsolved mysteries behind some of the world’s greatest art and artists.
For as long as people have been viewing the masterpieces in this book, they’ve been asking the same questions: Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? Who was that girl with the pearl earring? What made Magritte’s

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In this intriguing book, young readers will be introduced to the unsolved mysteries behind some of the world’s greatest art and artists.
For as long as people have been viewing the masterpieces in this book, they’ve been asking the same questions: Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? Who was that girl with the pearl earring? What made Magritte’s reading woman so frightened? These and other great mysteries of the art world are explored in this colorful, fun, and informative children’s book. Each masterpiece is presented in a double page spread with stunning reproductions, biographical information about the artist, historical context and the pressing questions themselves. From Bosch to Banksy, the mysterious life of Caravaggio to the strange room in Velazques’ Las Meninas, Surrealism to stolen art—young readers’ interests in some of the world’s great masterpieces will be piqued by the puzzles they offer and that remain unsolved to this day.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—This smorgasbord of mysteries is presented in chronological order beginning with the Ark of the Covenant at the time of Moses to the present-day graffiti painter known as Banksy. Some of them pose personal questions about specific artists such as to whom van Gogh gave his ear or how Caravaggio died. Others focus on a particular work of art such as Mona Lisa's smile or Goya's portrayal of the Spanish royal family. Styles of painting include surrealism and the works of Bosch, van Eyck, and Vermeer. There are quizzes, activity suggestions, time lines, sidebars, and brief text explaining why these questions are considered mysteries. Excellent-quality reproductions appear throughout. This is definitely a different approach for introducing young people to various aspects of art history. Readers can pick and choose those chapters that sound interesting to them but would need to find additional information elsewhere for reports. The illustrations are well chosen to support these succinct inquiries into some perplexing puzzlements from the world of art.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791370446
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
06/20/2011
Series:
13 Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
650,357
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

ANGELA WENZEL is a museum educator in Germany. She is the author of numerous art books for children, including 13 Artists Children Should Know, 13 Paintings Children Should Know and 13 Sculptures Children Should Know (all by Prestel).

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