Amy Steedman published the Knights of Art: Stories of the Italian Painters in 1907. The author was a British author of books for children, often on religious subjects (Saints), but also about literature (Dickens) and art (Italian Artists).
Self-Portrait Leonardo Da Vinci
While the book was originally written with young adults in mind, the beautifully written Lives are entertaining for older adult readers, too.
Amy Steedman wrote at a time when there was no state sponsored schooling in Britain, so her books were often used as texts for home- schooled children and at private academies.
Visit my Amy Steedman page at Italophiles.com (Candida Martinelli's Italophile Site), my Italian culture site, to access direct links to the artist bios illustrated with images of that artist's works.
You can download a free e-book of Knights of Art from Project Gutenberg, the grand-daddy of free e-book websites.
But the best option is the edition you can download for free from the Internet Archive as a pdf e-book of the original publication.
Here is a sampling of Amy Steedman paperback books and e-books available at Amazon.com.