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Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Rembrandt.

videocassette. color. approx. 24 min. Kiki & Assocs, 2002. $24.95.

KGr 8-Mike Venezia is at it again, clowning around with art history. If you enjoyed his book (Children’s Press, 1994), here it is in ani­ mated format. Venezia reintroduces the short, fat, cartoon version of Rembrandt van Rijn, who tells his life story and discusses his painting techniques.

Although it’s a bit disconcerting to see cartoon characters jumping into Rem­brandt landscapes, there’s no doubt these small figures have kid appeal and will keep student interest high as information about the artist’s family and artwork is presented. One minor quibble is that the cartoon character indicates that the unusual clothing and hats worn by the sitters in the portraits are costumes rather than explaining that they were the fashions of that time period. Other than that, the information presented is factual and covers the major highlights of Rembrandt’s life and work.

Venezia’s lighthearted and humorous take on the subject will entertain viewers wh ile they receive a solid lesson in art history. This video is appealing for all age groups, including adults. -Laurie Edwards, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA