In the Picture

In the Picture

Get Looking! Get Thinking!

By Lucy Micklethwait

Frances Lincoln Ltd, Hardcover, 9781845076368, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 2010


Here, in one big book, are 10 exciting, detailed paintings, each surrounded by 6 small, close-ups of something in the picture. Can you work out where each close-up belongs? Every spread carries a simple note about its picture, date and artist. And there are lots more activities at the end of the book to get you looking and thinking. The 10 paintings range fromf amiliar names such as Hieronymus Bosch and Jan Breughel the Elder to modern painters such as Marc Chagall and Georges Seurat, and also include a Moghul manuscript and trompe l'oeil painting, all chosen from the world's greatest art galleries.

About the Author
Lucy Micklethwait says, "I began to play 'I Spy' with paintings with my own children when they were very young. Over and over again my children pointed out things which I had never noticed before--an apple that had fallen to the floor, a funny-shaped shoe, an expression on a face. Although we were simply 'looking at pictures, ' I was well aware that, by making these paintings accessible, I was enabling my children to build up a store of images in their own minds which must inevitably lead to some interest in fine art." Ms. Micklethwait's books for children include I Spy Shapes in Art; I Spy: An Alphabet in Art; I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art.