Dan's Angel: A Detective's Guide to the Language of Painting

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Frances Lincoln Limited, May 1, 2003 - Art appreciation - 40 pages
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Taking a lively, original approach, Alexander Sturgis's narrative explores the message of 12 masterpieces. Teamed with the equally original illustrations of Lauren Child, this makes a highly enjoyable introduction to a fascinating subject. When young Dan finds himself locked inside a museum after closing hours, he discovers a world of art he'd never dreamed possible. An angel steps out of a painting and takes him on an exploratory tour of the great masterpieces - explaining the symbolism of each painting. For the first time, Dan begins to understand the messages of paintings and the stories behind them. It's not long before he too is speaking their language. Fra Angelico: Annunciation, (Cortona) Rembrandt: Belshazzar's Feast, (National Gallery) Piero di Cosimo: Perseus and Andromeda, (Uffizi) Follower of Campin: Madonna and Child with Saints, (National Gallery of Art, Washington) Claude: The Judgement of Paris, (National Gallery of Art, Washington) Tawaraya Sotatsu: Thunder and Wind Gods (Kenninji, Kyoto National Museum, Japan) Goya: The Marquesa de Pontejos, (National Gallery of Art, Washington) Chardin: Soap Bubbles, (National Gallery of Art, Washington) Botticelli: Venus and Mar

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About the author (2003)

Alexander Sturgis is an education officer at the National Gallery, London. He is also The Great Xar, a magician performing at the National Gallery and on television. His television appearances include The Big Breakfast, The Word and Tricks & Tracks, as well as introducing paintings to children on the BBC's programme Hartbeat. He lives in London.

Lauren Child (born in 1965 in England) is an English author and illustrator. She is best known for writing the Charlie and Lola books and Clarice Bean novels. Her second book in this series, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble, was shortlisted for the 2005 British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year. A number of spin off books are available based on the scripts of the TV shows, though these were not written or illustrated by Child. Charlie and Lola has been sold throughout the world, and has won many prizes, including BAFTAs in 2007 for Best children's Television Show and Best Script. Lauren Child lives in London.

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