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Discover Great Paintings Hardcover – 1 May 1999
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Paintings can be unsolved mysteries to many of us. When we look at a piece of art, we might want to know why people are wearing certain items or how old the painting is and what it all means.
In this book, investigation has been made easier by pictures being taken out of the actual piece of art. So, on the right hand page, you have the complete picture and on the left, you have various pictures "cut out" of the main picture and explained.
So, when you are looking at the picture of Saint George and the Dragon, you will see a picture of the dragon and a question that says: "What do you think the dragon stands for?" On the right side, you see an answer: "The dragon is a symbol that stands for evil."
In the "Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour" you might want to know what a rose stands for or why red wax is sitting on the writing table.
Lucy Micklethwait first started creating collections of paintings for children after many years of looking at pictures with her own children. This activity introduced her children to the world of art and helped Lucy rediscover her own love of art.
Lucy has selected various paintings for different periods in history.
How to Investigate a Painting
Saint George and the Dragon
Hunters in the Snow (Winter)
An Old Woman Cooking Eggs
The Dancing Couple
Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour
The Death of Major Peirson
Christ in the Carpenter's Shop
The Fog Warning
The Bedroom at Arles
Tropical Forest with Monkeys
Self-Portrait with Blue Guitar
Also look for:
A Child's Book of Art
A Child's Book of Play in Art
Spot a Cat
Spot a Dog
~The Rebecca Review
Ms. Micklethwait chose lovely, well-known paintings and she manages to guide young readers to find, understand and appreciate all the small details in these paintings, while at the same time, causing them to gain general knowledge in the process. I found my son copying down the names of the Greek gods in the Primavera painting. The then showed me that Mercurious, the messenger, has wings on his feet to speed his way. Way go go! I will be on the lookout for her other books.