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Maria-Christina Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm (also known as 'Puppa') is a private art dealer and agent specialising in European paintings and drawings from the 17th to the early 20th century. She was brought up in Europe and her parents took her to museums and churches from an early age. She has lived in New York her entire adult life, working in the art world. She now divides her time between Mexico City, Telluride, CO, New York and Europe. She has had the privilege of seeing masterpieces in museums and private collections all over the world. Many years of dealing and thinking about art gives her a unique view point. Her blog, Old Masters Rock is an art newsletter for children aged 7-12 years ago (www.oldmastersrock.com).

Gary Tinterow has been Director of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since January 2012. Previously he served as Engelhard Chairman of the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern and Contemporary Art at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was curator of European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for twenty years, before becoming curator in charge of the newly formed department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern and Contemporary Art in 2004 and chairman of that department in 2008.


"The best book I've read this year. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the arts."

-- Philip Hewat Jaboor * Financial Times *

"A book designed for children and parents to explore together. A fine introduction to Brueghel, Delacroix, Rembrandt and other painters that actively encourages readers to develop visual literacy through observation and imagination."

* Publishers Weekly *

"Excellent guide to classic art. The aim of the book is to make art accessible and it certainly achieves that. It is written in an easy and accessible style and would be a really useful addition to either a primary or secondary school library."

* School Librarian *

"Shares a passion for art that will excite young art detectives and adults alike."

* Armadillo *

"A refreshing look at Old Master paintings for both children and adults."

* Leisure Painter *

"Handsomely produced . . . an immersive, insight-rich, and accessible curator's talk."

* Kirkus Reviews *

"Would be a wonderful prelude to a museum visit or a rainy-day excursion in itself."

* Wall Street Journal *

"Old Masters Rock is a book to look at together, and explains the background and story behind masterpieces of the Renaissance, Baroque, Realist and Impressionist periods, as well as offering kids quirky facts about the artists and their work. The artwork reproductions are gorgeous, too."

* TheSchoolRun.com *

"A delightful introduction to Old Master painting, demystifying art history in order to make iconic pictures accessible to children and adults who are justifiably turned off by professional jargon and academic approaches."

-- Gary Tinterow, Director, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

"Fresh, original, and captivating, this is a book that I'll bet many an adult will read on the sly."

-- Philippe de Montebello, Former Director of Metropolitan Museum, New York

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