As an extension
to the previous lesson, a series of portraits from the Museum of Fine
Arts, Houston's Bayou Bend Collection can be used to compare the portraits
refelcting the culture of viceregal Mexico with the culture of the same
time period in North America.
1. What criteria
did we develop?
The same criteria
used to analyze the Franz Mayer portraits can be used to analyze these
portraits and compare the answers to those from the previous lesson.
2. How does this
criteria apply to other portraits of women from the same time period
but different geographic area?
The teacher shows
the three 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 comparisons 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.
painted by John Singleton Copley in the Bayou Bend Collection
are from the same time period as the two portraits from Lesson
3 (1757 to 1782).