Michelangelo for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities
University of Chicago Press, 2016 (2016)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
e wore many hats - sculptor, painter, poet, architect and engineer - but perhaps Michelangelo will be most remembered as the individual who best exemplified the Renaissance man.
n this beautifully designed, well illustrated activity book, the Italian artist's story unfolds from his childhood to his emergence as one of the prime movers of the Italian Renaissance.
ou'll discover the stories behind the famous Pieta and David, as well as how the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel were created and served as an inspiration for artists all over the world.
he book's chapters cover a range of topics from the artist's love of Florence, his work for the pope, and the role of his many assistants and his final years.
he 21 activities sprinkled throughout the book include carving a figure from soap, learning how to transfer a picture, creating geometrical patterns, making authentic garlic bread, and creating different colors.
pecial sidebars offer information on the artist's diet, the differences between sonnets and madrigals, how a fresco is created, and what types of medicine were available during Michelangelo's time.
oth adults and youngsters ten and older will enjoy this book. It will also be a valuable resource for teachers and parents involved in home schooling. If you wish to introduce your child to a great artist and the Renaissance period, this is an excellent book to start with.
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