How to Analyze Art

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How does analyzing art differ from analyzing text? Young historians consider a piece of Italian Renaissance art and practice another type of primary source analysis through a close look and discussion of Bernardo Zenale's Madonna and Child with Saints.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations
  • HAM refers to History Analysis Monday, which are this instructor's 30-minute assignments meant to teach close reading skills (i.e. marking the text and meta-cognition using primary sources)
  • The second slide highlights artistic techniques such as use of diminishing size, foreshortening, and light and shadow. You can use this resource to introduce or review these techniques
  • Great progression of analysis questions
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