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Children's LiteratureOur faces are fascinating. Every single one is different. Portraits have been painted for thousands of years. This is a collection of faces through the years with a focus on a few artists. The earliest portraits are gods and kings. The statues of Easter Island are a good example of ancient portraits whose significance and origin are not completely understood. Other well-known portraits from ancient times are the funerary mask of Tutankhamen and busts of Roman emperors. During the Renaissance artists expanded their range and included more portraits of ordinary people with attention to realistic detail. Modern art of the late nineteenth and 20th century saw artists breaking away from tradition to paint in new ways. Ten artists portraits are featured. Pablo Picasso's portrait of a grieving woman was a response to the suffering of the Spanish Civil War. Frida Kahlo's suffering was more personal but still visible in her self-portraits. Diego Velazquez's portraits of the Spanish royals are good examples of artwork from the 17th century. 2000 (orig. 1997), Peter Bedrick Books, Ages 8 to 12.