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Great Book of Animal Portraits
by Svjetlan Junakovic
Age Range: 9-11
OQO have produced an unusual art book with a difference. Great Animal Portraits is a game between fantasy and reality where for the first time it is animals who have centre stage in this book about paintings. Images that may be familiar are turned on their head and many well-known paintings have undergone a transformation.
Penguin, for example, was unable to refuse the offer of being portrayed by Piero della Francesca and he appears to have a remarkable likeness to the famous portrait of Federico de Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino. Similarly, the Baboon was lucky enough to be painted with a red turban by the Dutch painter Jan van Eyck (Portrait of a Man in a Turban). The portrait of the Sheep looks remarkably similar to the ‘Study of a Young Woman’ by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer and Owl has an unmistakable likeness to Holbein’s portrait of Henry VIII while the elegant portrait of the Stoat by Leonardo da Vinci could be the ‘Lady with an Ermine’.
Croatian painter, sculptor and designer Svjetlan Junaković has created this exceptional gallery where the animals take on the leading role. There are 26 paintings, all remakes of famous masterpieces from the Renaissance to French Neoclassicism. The pictures are beautifully executed and this book is a great way to introduce children (and adults) to the history of art. Visit www.svjetlanjunaković.com for more information.
Great Animal Portraits won the Andersen Prize and Bologna Children Book Fair Award in 2008.