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The Franz Mayer Bench

Larger image of bench:

Called "Neoclassical"

  • Discuss roots of the word, neo + classical

Reintroduce classical = Ancient Greece

  • Ask the class: How would we know what their furniture looked like?
  • Discuss how long furniture would last, what would happen to it.
  • What could we find that showed us what it looked like? (primarily the decoration on pottery found at archaeology sites, also paintings inside places like Pompeii)

Discuss why Pompeii is significant (Teacher may need to explain)

Look at these websites to see other examples of pictures on vases that include furniture.

Describe the elements that the Mexican craftsmen borrowed from the look of Greek furniture. Can you see some things from the Greek that the Mexican craftsmen decided to leave out?