In their Spring 2020 homeschool catalog, Christianbook began their description of The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective with this line…
“Can’t get to a museum? Take an armchair tour of some of humanity’s greatest works of art!”
It’s true; Covid-19 has changed the world as we knew it in innumerable ways. Regarding art, even the largest and most famous museums, such as the Louvre, have been closed for months. While this does prevent an in-person visit to see some of history’s most iconic works of art, you and your entire family can still appreciate them. Better yet — on your own schedule, without the crowds, from the comfort of home!
With The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective curriculum, you will learn about a variety of art periods, styles, artists, and mediums. There is even a “travel guide” included for locating all of the textbook’s pieces in their respective museums/locations.
Who knows, maybe someday, post-coronavirus, you will have the opportunity to visit a museum like the Louvre. Then, you can appreciate some of these works in person.
But until that time, why not learn as much as you can with a tour of art history from home? You can learn about the cultural background, making, and fascinating Biblical connections of countless famous masterpieces. This includes the Louvre’s famous Winged Victory of Samothrace (pictured here).
That way, when you do get to view them in person, you will appreciate them so much more!
Some fun facts about the Louvre:
- Located in Paris, France, the Louvre is the world’s largest and most visited museum. Over 10 million guests visit each year.
- It would take over 24 days (24 hours a day) to see every work of art in the Louvre if you spent just 1 minute viewing each. The most amazing part is that you would only appreciate the roughly 35,000 pieces on display. This does not include the museum’s entire collection of over 380,000 works!
- Of course, the Mona Lisa, the world’s most famous painting, is a significant draw. But today, so are the now-famous glass pyramids in the courtyard. The Louvre acquired the Mona Lisa in the early 1800s, but the pyramids were not added until the 1980s.
- The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective highlights 23 works of art owned by the Louvre (at the time of publication).
- For approximately the same price as two adult tickets to the Louvre, you can get a digital copy of The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective. Plus, you can also view famous works of art from roughly 100 other museums worldwide!
So, what do you think? Are you ready to take an armchair tour of art history from home? You can find more information on the art history curriculum here.