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Da Vinci (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) Library Binding – 29 Oct 1992

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  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts Ltd; New edition edition (29 Oct. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051602275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0516022758
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.6 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,068,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda-loves-Amazon on 1 Jan. 2013
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An ideal book to introduce a classic name to young readers, it is presented using fun language and accompanying pictures.
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da Vinci's realistic paintings makes art real for the young 8 Jun. 2000
By Kathryn R. Ziemnik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Leonardo used what he learned from nature and science to make his paintings look real", p 9
The young reader will learn about Leonardo's beginnings in Vinci, the time he spent in Florence learning more about painting, his painting years in Milan and his final years of painting in France.
Leonardo's depictions were noticeable more "alive" than his Renaissance contemporaries. His use of beautiful backgrounds behind the main object of attention makes this a good choice for the young. Their attention will initially be drawn to the main figure in the painting and then will be sustained by the natural settings in the background. His paintings almost appear that they are done while the person being painted in on vacation. The young will intuitively pick up on the relaxed composure of the main figures
Venezia's illustrations are humorous. His narrative is delightfully entertaining. His approach brings the artist within reach of the young. His illustration of some folks deciphering Leonardo's notes and their findings is cleverly presented.
The size of the book is perfect for smaller hands. It enables the young to have art within their grasp. Venezia gives the locations of the paintings and as result if the child lives near one of the museums or will be near one on vacation, she/he would be able to see the original.
This is the 4th in Venezia's "Getting to know the World's Greatest Artist" series. He also has a similar series on composers. Venezia's back cover illustration ties back to the subject. "Mike's portrait was painted by an artist who claims to be a direct descendant of ...".
The price of the book is well worth paying. The book contains the following: da Vinci's Paintings (10.5), Drawings (8) and Underpainings (2), Venezia's Illustrations - 7, Others' paintings - 1.5.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I used to read the series in elementary school... 20 Jan. 2002
By danielle037 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
Mike Venezia's books on the greatest artists of all time are off the chain! He make his books more interesting for kids under 10. This one about Italian Renaissance artist Di Vinci is probably one of his famous ones. (Since Di Vinci is famous for his painting called the "Mona Lisa" 1503-1506). This book contains famous paintings (some with details) from Di Vinci including the deteriation of the tempera "The Last Supper" (1498), from the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Each book includes back cover illustration of Venezia. His books are small steps to learn about each artist. The series also includes Venezia's comic illustrations. In high school art history, the reader will learn more detail about the artists that the author couldn't tell you (like I did).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Terrific books about art for kids 7 May 2006
By Debra Yoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I often have looked for kid-oriented books about art and artists, and usually end up putting them back on the shelf. This series by Mike Venezia was a hit with me (an artist)AND my grandchildren. They're witty but not cutesy, the information in them is actually well and interestingly explained in language a child can understand, and I enjoyed reading them myself!
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Very Pleased 22 April 2013
By OldDrumRoad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I homeschool and these books captivate my children. They are very colorful and use easy-to-comprehend language. They are also funny and very informative. My kids BEG me to read these all the time! I will continue to purchase Mike Venezia's educational books. I have purchased the same type of informative books from other authors that just pale in comparison. He doesn't go overboard, but gives enough facts to keep all my kids' attention (ages 4yrs-8yrs).
very educational 1 Jan. 2011
By Stephen Pellerine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great book not only for kids, but adults with limited knowledge of Da Vinci's work. I am not saying it is an adults book, but I as an adult enjoyed this a lot and can gain a lot in looking at it, even now as it sits in front of me. Little things like in 1482 he moved off to Milan (pg 15), or that some of his images were cut, like: Ginevra de' Benci, St. Jerome, and even the Mona Lisa (pages 26-27).

Great book, very educational.
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