The Art Gallery: Stories

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The Art Gallery provides an exciting look at art throughout the ages, with reproductions of stunning works of art from the most ancient to the works of living artists. The central section focuses on ten great paintings, the stories behind them and the lives of the artists who painted them. Details are taken from the paintings and examined closely, bringing the painting to life for young people.

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Overview

The Art Gallery provides an exciting look at art throughout the ages, with reproductions of stunning works of art from the most ancient to the works of living artists. The central section focuses on ten great paintings, the stories behind them and the lives of the artists who painted them. Details are taken from the paintings and examined closely, bringing the painting to life for young people.

The Art Gallery gives young people a fascinating introduction to art history, encouraging them to look at works of art more closely, with an account of how familiar themes, such as Faces and Stories, have been treated by the world’s most famous artists.

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Soon after humans began telling stories, artists began using pictures to tell stories as well. This collection of reproductions begins with samples of art from the ancient world as the first examples of story art. A Greek vase is illustrated with the story of Odysseus and the Sirens. A Roman bas-relief sculpture shows Roman soldiers crossing the Danube River. During Medieval times the stories of the Bible were painted for the education of those who could not read. The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of William of Normandy invading England in 1066. Through the seventeenth century the stories of the Catholic Church dominated Western art. The beginning of the nineteenth century brought a new interest in the feelings and ideas of the individual artists. The work of ten individual artists from a variety of periods is then featured in greater detail. Picasso's Guernica is examined with a brief biography of the artist. Other world cultures are at least acknowledged with four pages and six illustrations. A Navajo sand painting shows the creation of the world. A Japanese screen tells the story of two famous rival generals. 2000 (1997), Peter Bedrick Books, Ages 10 up.
—Kristin Harris
VOYA
Each of these slim books in the Art Gallery series focuses on a specific theme: the history of faces in art and the history of stories in art. Both books are divided into three distinct sections. The first part gives a brief overview of the theme as seen in art through the ages, from ancient times to the twentieth century. This history is followed by a look at ten paintings, mostly by well-known artists including da Vinci, Bruegel, Vermeer, and Picasso, along with thumbnail biographies. The final section looks at a few aspects of the main theme, such as caricature for Faces and storytelling devices for Stories. Because almost every chapter is only a two-page spread, it is understandable that the text is not extensive. Nevertheless these books contain enough information to educate and raise curiosity about the paintings and their aesthetics. Attractive color reproductions enhance the text. Most general art history books follow a chronological arrangement, but those readers with little knowledge or interest in art history might find the theme-oriented focus to be more engaging. A bibliography or further reading section would have been welcome for those wishing for more meaty, in-depth information. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2000, Peter Bedrick, 48p, Index, Illus.. Ages 12 to 14. Reviewer: Jane Van Wiemokly VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872266346
  • Publisher: School Specialty Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Art Gallery Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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