Booklist STARRED Review
"This is a wonderfully enticing introduction to the Renaissance via the lives of five artists: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Titian, Botticelli, and Raphael. An accessible introduction offers a concise overview of just what exactly the Renaissance was, establishing social and historical context, and then five chapters explore the contributions and lasting impact of each painter. The heavily illustrated text covers basic biographical information—family background, training, relationships (including sexual orientation), even personal appearance and grooming. It also delves into artistic style: early influences, techniques, innovations, major works, public reaction, and so on. Side bars abound, from brief sketches of other artists, including women to blurbs on where masterpieces are currently located, and updates on what was going on concurrently in other parts of the world (Afghanistan, Mali, Japan, Mexico). Pages are peppered with reflective questions, topics for further exploration, and invitations to compare works of art using identified criteria. Each chapter ends with a variety of STEAM projects: make this, analyze that, check out this Khan Academy clip. There are time lines, quotes, clues to figuring out unfamiliar vocabulary terms (plus a glossary in the back), and further resources in print (books) and digital (videos, museum web sites, and QR codes). This appealing package will attract browsers and be a boon to student researchers and their teachers."
“Five famous artists of the Renaissance—Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian—are introduced in a format aimed at getting young readers to think. The tone is conversational and provokes curiosity over fact mastery and passive consumption. A conscientious examination of the subject that encourages critical thinking, application, and broad perspective.”
School Library Connection
“The first in a series of titles on the period, this title is broken into five quick chapters that highlight the usual suspects of the Renaissance period: Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. Each section begins with fast facts and an engaging timeline which highlights the major lifetime achievements of each artist, and concludes with two or three history projects for teachers and students to consider. Overall, though further reading would almost certainly be required, the chapters are engaging in content and presentation. Recommended”
Detailed Book Description
Who were the artists of the Renaissance? Why do we still learn from Renaissance art?
The Renaissance Artists: With History Projects for Kids introduces readers ages 10 through 15 to the Italian Renaissance as it was experienced by five of the world’s most renowned artists: Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. Kids learn about the biographies of these Renaissance artists through the perspective of three to four major works of art that not only defined that artist’s career but created a cultural legacy that still resonates in the world today.
Using an inquiry-based approach to learning, each chapter of The Renaissance Artists includes hands-on activities and open-ended assignments that challenge readers to think critically and creatively about the political and social forces in the time of the Renaissance and today. Fun facts, primary source illustrations, and links to online resources spark an interest in the Renaissance. Even without a time machine, learners can experience the Renaissance!
The Renaissance Artists: With History Projects for Kids is one of a set of four books in the Renaissance for Kids series. Other titles in the series are The Renaissance Inventors, The Renaissance Thinkers, and The Renaissance Explorers.
Try these STEAM projects from the world of the Renaissance!
- Make egg tempera
- Experiment with linear perspective
- Draw with charcoal
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The World of the Renaissance Artists
Sandro Botticelli Talented and Connected
Leonardo da Vinci A Revolutionary Artist, Inventor, and Scientist
Michelangelo Beauty and Artistic Achievement Beyond Imagination
Raphael Painting the Madonna
Titian The Early Appearance of Greatness