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Dan's Angel: A Detective's Guide to the Language of Painting Paperback – Illustrated, 1 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New Ed edition (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711218854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711218857
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taking a lively, original approach, Alexander Sturgis's narrative explores the message of 12 masterpieces. Teamed with the equally original illustrations of Lauren Child, this makes a highly enjoyable introduction to a fascinating subject. When young Dan finds himself locked inside a museum after closing hours, he discovers a world of art he'd never dreamed possible. An angel steps out of a painting and takes him on an exploratory tour of the great masterpieces - explaining the symbolism of each painting. For the first time, Dan begins to understand the messages of paintings and the stories behind them. It's not long before he too is speaking their language.

Fra Angelico: Annunciation, (Cortona) Rembrandt: Belshazzar's Feast, (National Gallery) Piero di Cosimo: Perseus and Andromeda, (Uffizi) Follower of Campin: Madonna and Child with Saints, (National Gallery of Art, Washington) Claude: The Judgement of Paris, (National Gallery of Art, Washington) Tawaraya Sotatsu: Thunder and Wind Gods (Kenninji, Kyoto National Museum, Japan) Goya: The Marquesa de Pontejos, (National Gallery of Art, Washington) Chardin: Soap Bubbles, (National Gallery of Art, Washington) Botticelli: Venus and Mars, (National Gallery) Van Gogh: Sunflowers, (National Gallery) Pablo Picasso: Weeping Woman, (Tate Modern) Jackson Pollock: Number 1 (Lavender Mist) (National Gallery of Art, Washington)

About the Author

Alexander Sturgis is an education officer at the National Gallery, London. He is also The Great Xar, a magician performing at the National Gallery and on television. His television appearances include The Big Breakfast, The Word and Tricks & Tracks, as well as introducing paintings to children on the BBC's programme Hartbeat. He lives in London.

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