Two titles in the ""Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists"" series. In attempting to make these painters accessible to primary-age children, Venezia adopts simple language and a colloquial style that is sometimes condescending and always awkward and simplistic, but he does convey some salient facts about the artists and the way their work evolved. Cartoon captions are mildly funny (subject of a portrait by Rembrandt: ""Would you smile if you had to wear this ridiculous collar. . .?"") but are at odds with the period's real flavor. The 20 or so reproductions in each book are representative of the artists' range; some are well reproduced, but in others (e.g., Rembrandt's Syndics) the color is radically awry. Dates, dimensions, and locations of the paintings are given. With fewer coy asides and forced comparisons to the present, Picasso is the stronger of these two books.