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make history with art

make history with art


With this tutorial you should learn how to analyze a painting into depth, so you can read across the lines and discover its symbolic meaning, using it as an historical "document".

1. general explaination of the subject of David's "The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine";

2. commentary of the structure of the painting and its symbolical meaning;

3. how and why a painting can become an history "document".

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The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804

a painting OR a document? pretty like the same...

read the painting in its general overview and in its particulars. can you make history with art?

the slideshow provides the reproduction of the painting analyzed in the tutorial and give the students the chance to look at some significant particulars

test yourself and send the form to your teacher

this test wants to track your progress in the understanding of the activity we are doing

give me your advice!

this is a very simple test about this lesson, so you can give me feedbacks and help me to improve my skills