Masterpieces for Kids: June 2019

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. is the world’s largest research and museum complex, with 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and various research stations.

This is the 2nd part of a yearlong series of great artworks to share with your kids.  Each month I share information about 3 great masterpieces to share with your children.  My goal of these posts is to create a parent-friendly resource to share great masterpieces with your child. I’ve decided on this monthly series because I totally missed sharing the beauty of art with my own children. Better late than never, I guess.

Each post contains a photo of the artwork, the artist’s name, an interesting fact about the artwork and a link to explore more information.  Last month’s post (May, 2019) I shared 3 masterpieces: Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci), The Starry Night (Vincent Van Gogh) and Oriental Poppies (Georgia O’Keeffe).  This month, we’ll look at: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, Four Freedoms by Norman Rockwell and American Gothic by Grant Wood.

Remember: You don’t have to “know” art. Just sit for a few minutes with your child, share the information listed and together talk about what you see. Enjoy!

June Masterpieces

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, is one of the most famous works of art in the world. It is a picture of Jesus and his disciples. The painting is a mural (painted on wall) in a rectory in Milan, Italy.  It measures 460 X 880 cm. Da Vinci began painting it in 1495 and he finished in in 1498.  He worked on other works of art during these three years as well.

The Four Freedoms by Norman Rockwell

The Four Freedoms is an important concept of the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt.  He shared his vision of the Four Freedoms in the State of the union address in 1941.  This was just 11 months before the U.S got involved in World War II.

Norman Rockwell, an American artist, created a series of four painting illustrating the Four Freedoms.  The series included: “The Freedom of Speech”, “The Freedom of Worship”, “The Freedom from Want” and “The Freedom from Fear”

American Gothic by Grant Wood

American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood of a farmer standing next to a woman.  Originally, he was only going to paint a farmhouse in Iowa but decided to also paint the type of people he thought would live in the house. It is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American art.  The painting is part of the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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