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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Build a Story World

History as Perspective

Another key factor in presenting history is to identify perspective. A fun practice is to study world scenes from different artists in different centuries and note what they highlighted in their subjects and what they kept muted. How did they interpret the moment they wanted to share? What kind of statements might they  have been making?

Click to the following links of two paintings in Wikipedia and resist reading all the background until after you’ve read the visual for yourself, and answered the following questions for each scene.

Describing a scene. (Interpretation)

1.     What are some possibilities for organizing and discussing this visual text in Hogarth’s Street Scene?
kinds of facial expressions, noise-sound-music, theme of poverty, people at once crowed and isolated, social-class divisions, religious and other symbols, modes of amusement.

2.  What assumptions can we make about this ‘world’ based on     this moment in time?       

            Share: What is your emotional impression of  one scene?

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