A dozen biographical sketches of renowned artists from the Renaissance through Picasso stress early years and first artistic endeavors. The author indulges in story form, fictionalizing conversations and generally imposing probability on these situations. The inadequacy of this technique is proved by this reader's reaction. Each figure seems to merge into the next --individual differences in temperament, and personality, are levelled off and insightful interpretation practically deleted. The subjects seem to have been chosen helter skelter ranging from the Renaissance, the Flemish group, to Gainsborough and Stuart, Corot, then to Whistler, Russell and finally Picasso. The basic facts are undoubtedly accurate but the reader with a predilection for art and a curiosity about the greats will demand more substantial fare. A companion volume to Young Music Makers.