International diplomat, savvy businessman, devout Catholic, fluent in six languages, an intellectual who counted Europe's finest scholars among his friends Peter Paul Rubens was always first a painter. Few artists have been capable of transforming such a vast variety of influences into a style utterly new and original. From his workshop, with its many assistants, came quantities of book illustrations, tapestry designs, festival decorations, and paintings on every subject, which his engravers reproduced. He maintained control of the quality, while charging patrons according to the extent of his involvement on a picture. Frans Snyders, Jacob Jordaens, and Anthony van Dyck each assisted him. Rubens's impact was immediate, international, and long lasting. The works of Thomas Gainsborough and Eugene Delacroix, among others, testify to his posthumous influence.
It is never too early to introduce kids to art through books and museum visits, but parents often fear that kids will be bored. Parents can make art trip successful by giving kids spending a lot of time with few artworks instead of trying to see a lot. The books of Gallery for Kids series were written on a plain language and will be of interest to all ages. The books will help kids become more familiar with and learn to be pleased about the works of prominent artists. Dear parents, in these books you will find interesting facts about artist's life, and his annotated most famous masterpieces; in addition in each book there is a fun activities wit coloring pages. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the joy of art learning alongside your little one.