Author Talk and Book Signing

Author Talk and Book Signing


October 7, 2017

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Michael Conforti Pavilion

Empowering children with the skills to look at art enables them to stimulate their imagination and interpret the pictures in their own ways, often seeing things adults don’t notice. Join author Maria-Christina Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm (also known as “Puppa”) to explore ways to engage children with art. Hear the author talk about the fun, magical world of exploring Old Master pictures and the methods she discovered in researching her book Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children. The talk includes a question-and-answer session, followed by a book signing.

Enjoying art is all about responding to what you are seeing. Old Masters Rock stimulates children in a playful way so that, together with an adult, they can decode fifty masterpieces of Western Art from the last seven hundred years.  The book demonstrates that art is accessible to all of us – adults and children alike.

Old Masters Rock is a book for parents and children to look at together. It introduces the type of questions that help us discover things about a work of art and how we feel about it. Whether you are an adult or a child curiosity should be your starting point as it reveals what interests you in a painting. The book contains features such as ‘Art Detectives’  to encourage children to solve clues and 'Fun Facts' to help them remember the pictures. Throughout, the emphasis is on looking at the paintings and drawing one’s own conclusions about what one is seeing.  Adults will be surprised and delighted by their children’s brilliant observations.

Grouped into thirteen themes such as Animals, the Natural World, Action Heroes, Myth & Magic, Fabulous Faces and others, fifty paintings from the fourteenth century through to the early twentieth century are featured.  Different styles, from the early Renaissance, through Baroque, Mannerist, Realist and Impressionist, are included.  Well-known artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rubens, Velasquez, Constable, Degas, Manet, Van Gogh and Munch are featured, as well as less familiar artists who will quickly become favorites.

With the help of Old Masters Rock, looking at art with children becomes fun!

Maria-Christina Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm (also known as 'Puppa') is an expert in European pictures and advises private collectors and museums.  She was brought up in Europe and now divides her time between Mexico City, Telluride, CO, New York and Europe. She has had the privilege of seeing masterpieces in museums and private collections all over the world.