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The Art Book for Children
Manufactured by Phaidon Press
May 2005
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7–Large color reproductions expose readers to a wide variety of art, from the best-known paintings of the 14th and 15th centuries to contemporary photographs and wrap art. European, Asian, and American art is included in the more than 30 discussed works. Illustrations are arranged to fill single pages, spreads, and small squares. The text, at times calligraphic, becomes part of the art as it invites viewers to take more than a cursory look. Questions encourage readers to observe details, while statements of opinion help to provoke new thoughts and elicit emotional responses to the pieces. Because the book is not arranged by chronology, medium, or style, readers have the option to skip around, to pick and choose the works to study–much like visiting favorite paintings in a museum. A...

Hello, Fruit Face!
Claudia Strand
Mar 1999
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-Pictorial volumes that provide glimpses into the work of two very different artists. Journey features Bodmer's paintings of the Plains Indians. The Swiss artist's watercolor art, reproduced here on full and double-page spreads, accurately portrays a way of life soon to disappear. The accompanying text provides background on tepees, earth lodges, spiritual beliefs, and other aspects of Plains life. Readers interested in the remarkable journey of these two men can learn more about it in Russell Freedman's An Indian Winter (Holiday, 1992). Hello, Fruit Face! features the 16th-century Italian artist's unusual portraits composed of elements from the natural world. For example, the full-color portrait of Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, the God of gardens and the seasons, is composed of fruit and flowers....

Portrait of Eccentricity: Arcimboldo and the Mannerist Grotesque
Giancarlo Maiorino
February 1987

Look! Zoom in on Art
Gillian Wolfe
January 2002
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-Eighteen paintings have been carefully chosen to invite children to look up, down, outside, inside, close up, all around, etc. Questions and activities on each spread encourage intense viewing. For example, "Look Behind" features two paintings, The Scullery Maid and William Hogarth's The Graham Children. For the former, the author asks, "What do you think will happen next?" and for the latter, "How would their lives have been different?" Work from the Renaissance to the present day is represented, and subjects include trapeze artists, clowns, trains, animals, and children. The last section, "Look It Up," functions as an index, giving biographical information about the artists and where to view the paintings. Unfortunately, it does not include answers to the questions asked throughout the text, and...

Making History: Surrealism and the Invention of a Political Culture
Kirsten Strom
March 2002
Book Description
In Making History, Kirsten Strom investigates the Surrealists' radical critique of history and historical authorship.

Mythologies of Vision: Image, Culture, and Visuality
Eduardo Neiva
March 1999
Norman Bryson, Professor of Art, Harvard University
"In an era when the division of labor drives intellectual life into ever narrower specializations, it is a delight to spend time with Professor Neiva. From animal ethology to the history of anamorphosis in painting, from Paracelsus to Freud, by way of eighteenth-century gardens of simulacra, twentieth-century sociology, and the vegetable hallucinations of Arcimboldo, there seems nothing that Professor Neiva's curiosity and erudition leaves untouched. Mythologies of Vision is a book of exceptional encounters and dazzling connections."

Keith Moxey, Professor of Art History, Barnard College/Columbia University
"Approaching the study of visual images from the perspective of a communication theorist, Professor Neiva addresses some of the most...

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