The Fantastic Journey of Pieter Bruegel by Anders Shafer

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In the 1550s, a gifted young painter traveled south from Antwerp to study the art and ruins of Rome. He was Pieter Bruegel, now recognized as a Northern Renaissance master. His dangerous, beautiful journey changed his work forever.

Embracing what is known, Anders Shafer has envisioned Bruegel's two-year sojourn in a series of brilliantly imagined diary entries and colorful paintings. We see Bruegel joking with peasants, confronting thieves in mountain passes, caught in a naval battle, working in Rome, and more, always astutely observing and drawing human nature. This unusual book vividly evokes Bruegel's growing sensibility and shows how art carries our common humanity across the centuries. An Author's Note and a gallery of Bruegel art are included.
 

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Published January 1, 2002 by Diane Pub Co. 38 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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An emeritus professor of art, Shafer spins a few bare wisps of documentation into a series of diary entries chronicling a 16th-century artist’s journey from Antwerp to Italy and back.

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