This gorgeous and empowering picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Evan Turk paints the portrait of Marietta Barovier, the groundbreaking Renaissance artisan who helped shape the future of Venetian glassmaking. Marietta and her family lived on the island of Murano, near Venice, as all glassmakers did in the early Renaissance. Her father, Angelo Barovier, was a true maestro, a master of glass. Marietta longed to create gorgeous glass too, but glass was men’s work. One day her father showed her how to shape the scalding-hot material into a work of art, and Marietta was mesmerized. Her skills grew and grew. Marietta worked until she created her own unique glass bead: the rosetta. Small but precious, the beautiful beads grew popular around the world and became as valuable as gold. The young girl who was once told she could not create art was now the woman who would leave her mark on glasswork for centuries to come.
Evan Turk is an Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - winning illustrator, author, and animator. He is the author-illustrator of “The Storyteller” and “Heartbeat”; and the illustrator of “Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters”, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; “Grandfather Gandhi”; and it’s companion “Be the Change”. His next book “You Are Home: An Ode To the National Parks” will be released in June 2019. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in the Hudson River Valley with his husband, Chris, and two cats, Bert and Pica. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy. Evan loves to travel all over the world and learn about other people and places through drawing and the interactions that come from it. He speaks to kids and adults across the country and loves talking with them about storytelling and making art.
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