Children's LiteratureMichelangelo lived during the period in European history known as the Renaissance. It was a time of great changes. The scholars, artists and sculptors rediscovered the great works of ancient Greek and Roman culture. They were inspired to work in more realistic and ambitious ways. This look at the art created during this period is a hodgepodge of reproductions of paintings commissioned by the Catholic Church, oil paintings from Northern Europe, early Renaissance sculpture and non-religious portraiture. Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo are the two artists whose work is featured in detail. Interspersed are small reproductions of the visual arts of that period from China, Mexico, Japan, the Mughal Empire and Africa. The design of the book is very cluttered and it's difficult to really focus on the reproductions. An ornate border just adds to the confusion. A timeline of the Renaissance and glossary of art terms are helpful, but a six-paragraph history of art is pretty useless. Part of the "Art Around the World" series. 2001, Copper Beech Books, $23.90 and $8.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
School Library JournalGr 7-10-These books are devoted not so much to the title artists as to their principal European contemporaries, including the development of their styles and their techniques. The artistic phenomena that preceded the periods as well as major developments in Europe and elsewhere, for example, in China (Michelangelo) and in Japan (Renoir), are discussed as well. The texts require readers to have some background on techniques and historical subject matter. While there are numerous series about the great masters, these books are valuable for their presentation of art developments around the world during these notable periods. The books are replete with full-color, average-quality reproductions of representative works, often two to a page. Both will appeal to art students and provide material for reports.-Elizabeth Stumpf, Clearfield Middle School, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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