Masters of Art
Set of 13 titles
The Masters of Art series provides information on thirteen of the most important artists from around the world. Every book includes a biography for each artist and a collection of their finest works. Furthermore, the series will encourage, inspire, and motivate the young reader to explore the fascinating subject of art and art history in more depth.
Masters of Art
SLJ: A biography series that details famous artists in history, including different schools of art styles. A quick, almost unnecessary, table of contents starts each title followed by long paragraphs that accompany artwork done by the artist. Each picture or work is given a plate number, captioned, dated, the materials used are listed followed by the meaning or what the art represents is in italics. Descriptions of the style of work and the artists are thorough and includes photos of their studios or work spaces. The back matter includes a glossary of key terms, index, and list of plates. Although the art is generally in chronological order, it would have been nice to visually see a separate timeline of the artists’ lives and/or their works. Although artists, like Mary Cassatt, are noted to be rebels against gender roles: “She insisted on following the normal course undertaken by her male colleagues…”, it should be noted that there is little other diversity in the artists lineup. VERDICT An overall detailed series of North American and European art and artists for older readers.