202.Books – How to talk to children about art

This book is great because we can learn on how to explain to the younger ones about the meaning of the greatest painting and we also can develop our skill in intepreting the drawing ourself. For an example I will retype the explanation of the drawing below titled – The birth of the venus.

Painted in 1485 ; tempera on canvas; 184.5 x 285.5cm / Ufizi Gallery, Florence / Botticelli (Sandro Mariano Filipepi, known as Botticelli) / Born in Florence, 1445, died in Florence 1510.

The book has 3 diferent level of explanation depending on the kid’s age. The first one is for 5-7 yrs old kid :

She’s completely naked!

Of course she is- she’s just been born. The young woman next to her is about to help her get dressed. This is an unusual irth because it’s the birth of the goddes. According to legend Venus was already an adult when she was born.

Where are her parents?

They’re on th epicture, but not in the form of people. Venus’s parents are said to have been the sea and the sky. So she has just emerged from the sea, and the wind is making little foam-topped waves on the surface of the water.

8-10 yrs old

Why is the goddes standing on only one leg?

This pose is called contrapposto. It gives a supple and flattering line that is much more elegant than if the model standing upright with both feet on the ground. It was used in many ancient sculptures, and painters have often been inspired by it. Even today models in fashion shows and in publicity photographs stand like this, with their weight on the hip.

11-13 yrs old

Is this painting very famous?

Yes, it’s one of the most famous painting in the history of art. It celebrates a fundamental idea, the appearance of beauty on the earth. But the painting means so much more than just the meaning conveyed by the paticular subjects; it is a homage to grace rendered in shapes so simple it gives the impression that everything is easy. It flows like a melody. Previously the only woman’s body artists painted was that of Eve, in scenes where she is tempted by the serpent or expelled from Eden for disobeying God. Her nudity was associated with the shame of original sin. Here, for the first time, the opposite is tru. Venus is luminous. and the image is full of her vitality. Boticelli invites us to consider the harmony of the mind and the body.


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