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Old Masters Rock
Old Masters Rock

Old Masters Rock

How to Look at Art with Children


112 Pages, 8.5 x 10.75

Cloth, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: August 2017

ISBN 9781910258040

Rights: US & CA

Pimpernel Press (Aug 2017)

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Filled with images and questions to lead discussion, this insightful volume helps children and their parents learn how to view and respond to art, making it accessible to all

Old Masters Rock is a book for parents and children to look at together. It introduces the type of questions that help us discover things about a work of art and how we feel about it. Whether you are an adult or a child, curiosity should be your starting point, as it reveals what interests you in a painting. Features such as "Art Detectives" encourage children to solve clues and "Fun Facts" help them remember the pictures. Throughout, the emphasis is on looking at the paintings and drawing one's own conclusions about what one is seeing. Grouped into 13 themes, such as Animals, the Natural World, Action Heroes, Myth & Magic, Fabulous Faces, and more, 50 paintings from the 14th century through to the early 20th century are featured. Different styles, from the early Renaissance, through Baroque, Mannerist, Realist, and Impressionist, are included. Well-known artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rubens, Velasquez, Constable, Degas, Manet, Van Gogh, and Munch are featured, as well as less familiar artists who will quickly become favorites.


"[H]andsomely produced . . . an immersive, insight-rich, and accessible curator's talk." —Kirkus Reviews

"[A] wonderful prelude to a museum visit or a rainy-day excursion in itself." —Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition

"Old Masters Rock is a book to look at together, and explains the background and story behind masterpieces of the Renaissance, Baroque, Realist and Impressionist periods, as well as offering kids quirky facts about the artists and their work. The artwork reproductions are gorgeous, too." — 

"A delightful introduction to Old Master painting, demystifying art history in order to make iconic pictures accessible to children and adults who are justifiably turned off by professional jargon and academic approaches." —Gary Tinterow, Director, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

"Fresh, original, and captivating, this is a book that I'll bet many an adult will read on the sly." —Philippe de Montebello Former Director of Metropolitan Museum, New York

"A fine introduction to Brueghel, Delacroix, Rembrandt, and other painters that actively encourages readers to develop visual literacy through observation and imagination." —Publishers Weekly 

Author Biography

Maria-Christina Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm is a private art dealer and agent. She divides her time between Mexico City; Telluride; New York; and Europe. Her blog, Old Masters Rock, is an art newsletter for children aged 7-12 years. Gary Tinterow is Director of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.