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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


by E.L. Konigsburg

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Art and Culture Quotes

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Quote #4

Claudia probably didn't realize that the museum has over 365,000 works of art. Even if she had, she could not have been convinced that learning everything about everything was not possible; her ambitions were as enormous and as multi-directional as the museum itself. (4.12)

Yikes! One week won't get the Kinkaid kids through that vast art collection, but it will sure give them a sense of all that culture from years past. After all, in the span of just a couple days, Claudia and Jamie learn plenty about Ancient Egyptian burial practices, and research a Renaissance artist.

Quote #5

A statue of an angel; her arms were folded, and she was looking holy. As Claudia passed by, she thought that that angel was the most beautiful, most graceful little statue she had ever seen… (4.20)

What is it about art that makes you feel something—even if you can't put your finger on it? For Claudia, seeing the angel is pretty much love at first sight. How romantic.

Quote #6

Are you altogether unconscious of the magic of the name of Michelangelo? I truly believe that his name has magic even now; the best kind of magic because it comes from true greatness. (4.78)

Great art is something that lives on forever and ever and ever. Don't believe us? Michelangelo's works have been around for hundreds of years, and Claudia and Jamie are still obsessed with the angel statue. If that's not staying power, then we don't know what is.

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