From prehistoric cave paintings to the Mona Lisa, from Nefertiti to Andy Warhol's Big Campbell's Soup Can 19, this book pairs full-color reproductions of 50 of the world's most celebrated masterpieces with brief, kid-accessible stories about how they were made, who made them and where they fit in the fascinating history of art. Featuring art from Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, organized chronologically, and including timelines and a glossary of art terms, this book is a wonderful overview of art and culture through the ages.
|Publisher:||Chronicle Books LLC|
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 12 Years|
About the Author
Henry M. Sayre is a professor of art history and the author of many art books, including A World of Art and The Object of Performance. He lives in Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is an excellent introduction to art across the ages. There is a lot of information available for each piece, but the information is easily digestible. Unfamiliar terms are explained clearly, and the writing is simple and direct, but not condescending. Sayre really covered his bases, in including art from ancient to comparatively modern, and across different media and place of origin. My 18-month-old daughter loves it and points to the "horsies" and then says she wants to draw, but at the same time, I have learned a lot as I've looked at it with her. I think every age will find something of value. Highly highly recommended.
This book provides readers with a quite look at art history starting with the cave paintings in France up to more modern painters like Picasso (just as the title would suggest). Each spreak consists of a full page photo of the piece of art being discussed, and a page of text explaining the art as well as some information about the artist. These infomrational bits are interesting and well written, avoiding the monotonous tone that some might associate with art history. This book is written by a man who fondly remembers looking at pictures of great art as a child and hopes to provide a similalr experience for young readers today. This is a book I would gladly have in my own library!
I recommend adding this book to any collection because the pieces chosen to represent art though out the ages are relevant as well as interesting to learn about, and the background of each piece is written in language younger students will understand. Art novices will learn a lot from reading this one book.