Dating back thousands of years, miniature art had its heyday during the 16th and 17th centuries when tiny paintings were often enclosed in jewelry cases and given as gifts. Today, contemporary artists continue to create incredible, itsy-bitsy masterpieces—some of which are no bigger than your finger tip. In celebration of these present-day painters, crafters, and makers, Chronicle Books has recently published an art book called Think Small that features “the tiniest art in the world.”
Written by Eva Katz, the book showcases the miniature art of 24 creatives from around the world. “From the charmingly petite to the jaw-droppingly miniscule,” the volume includes 200 full-color photographs as well as fascinating interviews with each artist.
The coffee table book includes the work of some of My Modern Met’s previously featured artists. There’s miniature hand-thrown pottery by Jon Almeda, tiny landscape paintings by Dina Brodsky, and Lorraine Loots’ pill-sized watercolor paintings. Other featured artists include Shay Aaron and his minuscule clay meals; Khara Ledonne and her pocked-sized locket paintings; and Rosa de Jong’s micro worlds that float inside test tubes. These artworks might be small, but they’re sure to make a big impression.
Think Small is currently available to purchase on Amazon.