Armchair Art History
In their most recent homeschool catalog (Spring 2020), 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. As regards art, even the largest and most famous museums, such as the Louvre, have been closed for months now. 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, 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, not only will you learn about a variety of art periods, styles, artists, and mediums, but 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, to see some of these works yourself. But until then, why not learn as much as you can about the cultural background, making, and fascinating Biblical connections of countless famous masterpieces, like the 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 museum and also the most visited, with over 10 million guests a 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 be appreciating the roughly 35,000 pieces on display from the museum’s actual collection of over 380,000 works!
- Of course, the Mona Lisa, the world’s most famous painting, is a significant draw, as are the now-famous glass pyramids in the courtyard. Although the pyramids were not added until the 1980s, while the Mona Lisa was acquired by the museum in the early 1800s.
- 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 and view famous works of art from roughly 100 different museums around the world!