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The Princess and the Painter

Johnson, Jane

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ISBN 10: 0374361185 / ISBN 13: 9780374361181
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Quarter-bound maroon cloth, beige marbled boards, spine foot just nudged, dj has minute wear at extremities, in protective Mylar covers. Bookseller Inventory # 4356

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Title: The Princess and the Painter

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Infanta Margarita sometimes gets tired of being a princess and always having to act like a princess, but the artist Don Diego Vela+a7zquez, who is painting her into his masterpiece, has a wonderful surprise for her.

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Grade 1-3?Johnson has created a story from one of the most famous paintings of the 17th century, Velazquez's Las Meninas. Her full-and double-page illustrations imposed with brief text bring readers into the rooms and gardens of the palace as the young Infanta Margarita, full of charm and childlike impatience, hurries through her day in anticipation of seeing the much-loved court painter and his newly completed work. The princess seems to step from Velazquez's masterpiece, as do her ladies-in-waiting, her royal parents, governess, the court dwarves, a handsome dog and, above all, the painter himself. Johnson's skill in capturing each character as Velazquez portrayed them, her research into the dress and furnishings of the period, and the careful depiction of the formidably structured daily life of the court inform readers both of the making of the great work and of the life of the ruling class in Spain's greatest age. Ruth Craft's Pieter Brueghel's The Fair (Lippincott, 1976; o.p.), Ewa Zadrzynska's Girl with a Watering Can (Chameleon, 1990), and Sharon Wooding's The Painter's Cat (Putnam, 1994) are also based on specific paintings, but none of them succeeds as well as this charming offering. A delightful glimpse of a vanished world and an introduction to one of history's greatest artists.?Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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