Johannes Vermeer

Picture Study is simple. Look at the picture with your children for a few minutes, and then talk about what you saw. Try to remember as much about the piece as you can. Enjoy the beauty of it. Art is not a chore; it’s a pleasure.  We’ve chosen some works by Vermeer for this month. … Continue reading Johannes Vermeer

Diego Velázquez

Picture Study is simple. Look at the picture with your children for a few minutes, and then talk about what you saw. Try to remember as much about the piece as you can. Enjoy the beauty of it. Art is not a chore; it’s a pleasure.  We’ve chosen some works by Diego Velázquez for this … Continue reading Diego Velázquez

El Greco

Biography Doménikos Theotokópoulos, known as El Greco, lived from 1541-1614. He was one of the last members of the Italian Renaissance. He was born in Crete, where he was known for painting religious icons. Then, he lived for a period in Rome, where he developed a distaste for Michelangelo and didn’t make many friends. Eventually, … Continue reading El Greco

Albrecht Dürer

Biography:  Albrecht Dürer was a German painter and engraver. He lived most of his life in Nuremberg, painting, making prints and studying mathematics, geometry, and Christianity. He made many prints with religious themes, as well as paintings and projects representing daily life during the early Renaissance period. He is credited with producing the first self-portrait, … Continue reading Albrecht Dürer

Giotto di Bondone

Biography:  Giotto was only nine years old when the painter Cimabue found him drawing pictures of sheep on the rock wall of a pasture.  After some discussion with Giotto’s father, Cimabue took Giotto home with him as an apprentice. Giotto bloomed as an artist in his own right in Cimabue’s studios, and then he left … Continue reading Giotto di Bondone

Fra Angelico 1385-1455

Biography Fra Angelico was born just a hundred years after Giotto in a nearby village. His parents called him Guido, and that was his name until he joined the Order of Dominican monks at a nearby convent. From that time until his death, he was known as Frate Giovanni (Brother John). Today, he is known … Continue reading Fra Angelico 1385-1455