What Makes a Goya a Goya?

What Makes a Goya a Goya?

by Richard Muhlberger
     
 

In this series from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discover what makes one artist's work different from any other's. Recognizing an artist's work may seem mysterious at first, but it can be as easy as spotting a friend's handwriting. In each book, the clues to identifying a famous artist's painting--color, line, shape, composition, subject matter, and brushwork--are…  See more details below

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In this series from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discover what makes one artist's work different from any other's. Recognizing an artist's work may seem mysterious at first, but it can be as easy as spotting a friend's handwriting. In each book, the clues to identifying a famous artist's painting--color, line, shape, composition, subject matter, and brushwork--are revealed through a lively look at twelve masterpieces.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This series from The Metropolitan Museum of Art helps young readers discover what makes one artist's work different from another's. The text is superbly supported with reproductions. As for Goya, we learn about the exaggerated illumination in his works that may have been in response to the nobility's penchant for looking at art in dim surroundings. Since royal personages probably didn't want to spend hours sitting for a portrait, Goya became an expert at composing from sketches and recollections. His works are filled with quick, loose brush strokes. He loved black, and he did not create detailed backgrounds. Goya's powerful paintings convey his commentary on the Spanish nobility, everyday life in Spain, and the devastating war with France. Also in the series are book about Cassatt, Degas, Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, Picasso, Raphael, Rembrandt, and van Gogh.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9Writing with clarity and confidence, Mhlberger reveals the individual ``handwriting'' of these artists by analyzing a dozen or so of their major works, pointing out their use of light and shadow, repetition of shapes, choices of medium, and other techniques that define their styles. Many of the paintings, which are splendidly reproduced in full color, are from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection, but there are generous borrowings from private sources and other museums, making the books truly representative of each artist's career. A few biographical details are mentioned, but the author does not concern himself, or young readers, with the scandals, tragedies, and controversies that are part of the subjects' personal histories. Produced on heavy, glossy paper and designed with a variety of visual effects, these titles are delightfully informative and fine supplements to detailed biographies.Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670857432
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1994
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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