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13 Art Mysteries Children Should Know [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Angela Wenzel
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2 May 2011 Children Should Know
For as long as people have been viewing the masterpieces in this book, they've been asking the same questions: Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? Who was that girl with the pearl earring? What made Magritte's reading woman so frightened? These and other great mysteries of the art world are explored in this colourful, fun, and informative children's book. Each masterpiece is presented in a double page spread with stunning reproductions, biographical information about the artist, historical context and the pressing questions themselves. From Bosch to Banksy, the mysterious life of Caravaggio to the strange room in Velazques' Las Meninas, Surrealism to stolen art - young readers' interests in some of the world's great masterpieces will be piqued by the puzzles they offer and that remain unsolved to this day.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (2 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791370448
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791370446
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ANGELA WENZEL is a museum educator in Germany. She is the author of numerous art books for children, including 13 Artists Children Should Know, 13 Paintings Children Should Know and 13 Sculptures Children Should Know (all by Prestel).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 July 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars No. 27 July 2012
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
These aren't really art mysteries. What did Jesus look like? Where is the Ark of the Covenant? Who invented oil painting? What about Van Gogh's ear? Was Caravaggio assassinated?

The concept for this book is contrived -- these aren't interesting mysteries. And then we get such paltry glimpses of the artwork in question, little photographs instead of two-page spreads, that the book does not even make for a good art book.


That is the real mystery.
p.s. Y-O-L-K.

Not y-o-k-e.

When it comes from an egg, it's a yolk. Page 45.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mistake? 10 Sep 2012
By J. Carrington - Published on Amazon.com
While this book is very interesting and piques the curiosity of the reader, I question the information regarding Goya's The Family of Charles IV. The author attributes the missing face of the female figure to the deceased daughter of Charles, Maria Amalia. Many art historians attribute the missing facial features to the fact that the figure actually represented the future not-yet-chosen wife of Prince Ferdinand.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Jun 2014
By S. Kleinman-Dominguez - Published on Amazon.com
My son loves it, also every adult who visits:)
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 28 Dec 2013
By M. H. - Published on Amazon.com
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My students love to read when they finish a project early and this is a great series of books for them to learn about art.
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated. 22 Nov 2013
By kristen - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought there were too many outdated and religious references. I thought there would be more intriguing art that children would enjoy.
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