Saturday, July 16, 2011

15th July Rembrandt (1606 - 4/10/1669)

The Dutch painter Rembrandt features in many picture books suitable for prep-school-aged children, but most of them are like Jayne Woodhouse's Rembrandt van Rijn and will be found among the art books in the non-fiction section of the library. However, Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs by Molly Blaisdell and Nancy Lane is fiction and tells of the relationship between Rembrandt and his young son, Titus who wants to become a painter like his father. Initially Rembrandt refuses to help Titus, but he is enthusiastic and persistent and Rembrandt does teach him to draw. The book takes readers back to the Amsterdam of the mid seventeenth century.

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