Though the self-portrait of Albrecht Duerer displayed in the Louvre was painted in 1493, my astonishment at seeing it in the museum is still great. I look forward to sharing this and the book with third graders in the fall.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Looking at Oneself
Bob Raczka has created several unique books about art and artists that I love to use with children. At the Louvre, I was reminded of one of my favorites: Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves. I like the stories Bob uses to accompany each portrait, providing glimpses into the personal and creative lives of each of the artists. For Henri Rousseau's self-portrait from 1890, the author writes about the names that can be read upside down on the Rousseau's palette. For Norman Rockwell's self-portrait of 1960, he encourages the reader to look at the variety of faces the artist included of himself. For the self-portrait of Albrecht Duerer from 1484 (the first known self-portrait in art history), he shares the artist's signature and note about the portrait.