PubWkly LogoLEONARDO DA VINCI (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) Mike Venezia.

Publishers Weekly CHILDREN’S VIDEO Review

Getting to Know ( DVD, 24 mins., $29.95
Beginning with the peppy, funny sequence that opens all the videos In this popular series and features such masters as Van Gogh, Monet, Warhol and Rembrandt cavorting and cracking Wise, this video serves up an entertaininq mix of silliness and art history throughout.

Employing a cartoon animation style with sometimes sketch-like outlines, multimedia artists bring Venezia’s work to life. Leonardo narrates, creating the context of his life and career and describing his various roles as painter, architect, inventor, math¬≠ematician and scientist. “I was one of the first to make paintings seem real in all ways.” he explains.

Throughout, viewers see photos or real-life paintings, sculptures and buildings interspersed With animations. And all along the way, Leonardo points out such detail as the perspecitve, background and dimensions of many of his works including The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, “probably the most famous painting in the world.”

This pleasant approach to fine art should prove enlightening and enjoyable for a wide range of viewers. Ages 5-up. (Dec. 2003)