Antonio's Apprenticeship: Painting a Fresco in Renaissance Italy

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Dreaming of becoming a great artist but frustrated by his early tasks, Antonio lands an exciting assignment helping his uncle Charbone prepare a series of frescoes on the life of Christ, a task that helps him to develop his skills as a painter.

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Grade 3-5?The year is 1478, the place is Florence, and the subject of this attractively designed picture book is how fresco painting was done. Readers follow Antonio through his first days of apprenticeship as he learns to prepare charcoal sticks and brushes; mix the plaster that will be laboriously applied to a chapel wall; grind the pigments; and transfer the master artist's drawings onto the freshly moistened plaster. At story's end, Antonio has been allowed to take up a brush to help finish the glorious fresco. The plot lacks action and excitement, and the full-page paintings lack detail and definition. Done in a painterly style, they show the colors and costumes of the time, but the heavy brushwork and dark palette give the scenes a murky, indistinct cast. Jane Johnson's The Princess and the Painter (Farrar, 1994) and Sharon Wooding's The Painter's Cat (Putnam, 1994) take readers into the Renaissance period by weaving a story around a specific painting. Morrison's fresco is unnamed and virtually unseen. Both the pictures and the plot are subordinate to an explanation of techniques. A useful supplement to projects on the art of the Renaissance, but not a strong story.?Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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This picture book debut brings to life 15th-century Florence with a sympathetic tale of a painter's apprentice. In first-person narration, Antonio describes his exciting arrival in the great city and his dismay at his distinctly unglamorous duties-gathering quills and hog hair for brushes and scraping dirt off the musty walls of the fictional San Francesco chapel. The work of grinding pigments, selecting models (cousins do nicely), transferring cartoons and applying plaster seems real as Morrison shows Antonio struggling with perspective or nervously painting his first fresco. Large, post-impressionist-type illustrations spatially dominate the layout but are upstaged by a handful of red pencil sketches wrought in fine Renaissance style. Morrison's vibrantly reported details lend irresistible immediacy to a seminal period in art history, but there's a fundamental problem with the book-its combination of a text geared to middle graders and a format and layout typically used for younger children may leave it without much of an audience. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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