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Michelangelo (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) Paperback – October, 1991
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The young reader will learn about Michelangelo's beginnings in a city near Florence, the brief time he spent as a baby with a family of stonecutters, his years of study at the workshop of Ghirlandaio, his years under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici and his years working for Pope Julius II.
Michelangelo did things on a grand scale. His "David" of Goliath fame is 16 ft., 10 in. in height and took 2.5 years to complete. His "Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel" is 5800 sq. ft. in area and took 4 years to complete. The young when doing an art piece are frequently never able to complete it within the allotted time, regardless of the length of the allotted time. It seems there is a reluctance on the young's part to feel it is complete, because it seems there is always some additional work required. They share Michelangelo's art ethic and will appreciate his dedication.
My favorite sculpture in the book is Michelangelo's "Pieta," sculpted in 1498-1499. There is both an expressed fragility to Jesus' body and an overwhelming gentle strength in Mary's holding of him. It gives testimony to Michelangelo's complete oneness with the roughness and hardness of marble. The marble was putty in his hands.
Venezia's illustrations are humorous. His narrative is delightfully entertaining. His approach brings the artist within reach of the young. His portrayal of Pope Julius II in the Sistine Chapel offering unsolicited comments on Michelangelo's work jokingly brings to the fore the conflict that existed between the two.
The size of the book is perfect for smaller hands.Read more ›
That being said, they are wonderfully written and contain a lot of information. I would highly recommend them, but use your best judgement if you're using them in a classroom.
This book is like simple descriptive book and he enjoys that type of genre.
It tells in simplicity the major accomplishments of this classic artist.
Great addition to any homeschool curriculum.
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Perfect gift for my nephews who didn't know who the Ninja turtles were named for.Published 12 months ago by Rochelle Saren
This book is marketed for children. I wish schools and authors who write material for children would not put pictures showing genitalia. Let kids be kids. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the artist books by Mike Venezia. He does a great job presenting each artist in a fun way for kids with bright and colorful pictures throughout the books.Published 23 months ago by Rebecca
Good introduction to Michelangelo for children. This was a gift for a grandchild who is traveling to Rome with his family.Published on March 20, 2014 by Frank E. Foley
Very basic, a little under the age perspective I was hoping for. Would be for a very beginning reader, 5-6 y/o.Published on December 25, 2012 by Ronald the Engineer