In this lesson students
apply the criteria generated and used
in the previous two lessons to understand and analyze two portraits
from the Franz Mayer Exhibition. This exhibition showcases the culture
and art of Viceregal Mexico. The Viceregal period (1521-1821) was the
300 year colonial period, when Mexico was governed by viceroys appointed
by King of Spain. The control of much of the land ended up in the hands
of the church and the politically powerful.
Assuming the role
of portrait detectives, students research items in the portraits in
small groups and report on their findings.
1. What criteria
did we develop?
The teacher begins
this lesson by reviewing the questions in the previously developed criteria.
2. How does this
criteria apply to two portraits of women in the Franz Mayer exhibit?
The teacher shows
the two portraits below either from prints or from the links below,
and asks the students to work in small groups or individually to answer
the questions in the criteria.
3. How can you
describe the culture and history surrounding these portraits?
Students can share
the answers about these portraits in a variety of ways.
Students can present their summary to the entire class or to each
other in small groups.
can provide their answers in a short writing assignment. Depending
on the age of the students and their writing abilities, the assignment
might be as simple as one that summarizes what the portrait reveals
or as complex as writing a short story or poem about the subject of
Students can write a headline and a caption for the portrait as if
it is in a newspaper. These headlines can be placed under the picture
if displayed on a bulletin board.
can take the role of the subject of the portrait and perform a short
skit as that character.
The two portraits
used in this lesson are: