Children's LiteratureA comprehensive and well-written look at the working lives of artists and their assistants in Florence during the Renaissance, this book explores the emergence of Renaissance painters and how they elevated their craft to a new level of excellence. Imitating nature realistically was the artist's goal. For the first time, painters discovered how to use geometry to create accurate perspective and thus create the illusion of three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface. Apprentices often worked for years in a workshop, called a bottega, before going out on their own. While in the bottega, the apprentices performed a variety of tasks, including preparing canvasses, making brushes, and grinding pigments to make paint. Artists depended on important patrons, such as the powerful Medici family and the Catholic Church, to fund projects, especially such complex works as frescoes. Insights into the private lives of prominent artists of the time, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, are woven throughout, as are effectively placed black-and-white illustrations. Extensive end notes, a thorough list of works consulted, an index, and suggested additional readings round out this excellent, highly readable reference work. Other titles in the "Working Life" series include An Actor on the Elizabethan Stage and A Sweatshop during the Industrial Revolution. 2003, Lucent Books/Gale Group Inc, Patterson
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-9-Each book combines authoritative, easy-to-understand text, average-quality black-and-white photographs, and primary-source quotations to tell what life was like for a painter or factory worker during his respective era. Chapters include background about the period and information on the work environment and the hazards and benefits of these types of employment. In Renaissance, Barter gives readers a fascinating glimpse into a bottega (the workshop where aspiring painters worked while learning their craft from master artisans), and into the lives and work of the artists of Florence. Sweatshop gives information on the evolving technology of that time, how both gender and race were factors in the workaday world, the role of organized labor, and the reformers who were instrumental in helping to improve working conditions. Frequent boxed excerpts from newspaper articles and quotes add authenticity. Students will find plenty of research material in these titles.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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