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Using simple yet descriptive language and good-quality, full-color reproductions, Bingham describes works of art and links them to the central theme in each book. Emotion has chapters such as "Family Feelings," "Happiness and Contentment," and "Sickness and Pain," and includes works by Thomas Gainsborough, Frans Hals, and Frida Kahlo, respectively. Landscape is broken down by location and/or time period into such topics as "Ancient Gardens," "Romantic Landscapes," and "Landscapes of the Renaissance." In each book, a variety of artwork is highlighted, including sculpture, paintings, jewelry and costume, literature, opera, and, in the case of Landscape , altered landscapes such as gardens and the large-scale work of Christo. Likewise, there is a wide variety in the cultures and ethnicities represented. The layout is consistent and leaves space around both text and picture for easy readability. A time line and world map help readers to understand the scope of the artwork. Both students and teachers will enjoy these informative looks at the way art fits into our lives.
—Heather E. MillerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.