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Two Decades After Its Release, ‘The Art Book for Children’ Gets a Vibrant Makeover

April 26, 2024

Kate Mothes

All images courtesy of Phaidon, shared with permission

First published in 1997, Phaidon’s The Art Book has long been a go-to source for introductions to some of the most influential artists. Spanning medieval to modern times, the volume contains more than 600 works and is available in 20 languages. About two decades ago, the iconic title received another type of translation geared specifically toward younger art lovers when editors released The Art Book for Children.

That kids’ edition presents a bite-sized, accessible version of The Art Book and was recently updated and revised. The new volume features 30 artists from its predecessor along with 30 additions, bringing together the most significant names from art history like Katsushika Hokusai, Jackson Pollock, and Frida Kahlo. Each spread includes one or more works by each artist and a fun, informative text, inviting children to look closely and discover a variety of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more.

The Art Book for Children will be released on May 22 and is available for pre-order in the Colossal Shop.


Katsushika Hokusai

Vincent Van Gogh

Artemisia Gentileschi, “Esther Before Ahasuerus” (1622), oil on canvas

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