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Interact
Think, Look & Compare Questions

Questions for Discussion
Connections to the Collection
Take a Look!

New Hampshire History Topic: Self-Expression
Visual Arts: Standard 3, Select and apply a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas; Standard 4, Analyze the visual arts in relation to history and culture

Thinking About Portraits
Questions for Discussion

  • How do these portraits relate to today’s photographic ‘snapshots’ of society?
  • How are they different?
  • Why would an artist choose to paint a portrait instead of a landscape?
  • How long do you think the artists took to complete these portraits? Why?
  • What can the sitters’ expression tell you about their personality?
  • Would you want to have your portrait painted? How would you be depicted?

Connections to the Collection
Visual Arts: Standard 3, Select and apply a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas

  • Compare & contrast the work of itinerant artist Ammi Phillips with that of the academically trained painter John Singleton Copley.
  • What is the first thing you notice in each work?
  • How does each artist portray his sitter?
  • How is the artist’s training reflected in his work?
  • Describe the setting. (Where are they and what is around them?)
  • What is similar about the works? What is different?(Also include a c/c relating to gender 18th century ‘standard formula’ if we can get permission to include Mrs. Greene/Cleveland)

Take a Look!
Questions to guide your analysis of portrait paintings

Visual Arts: Standard 2, Identify and apply the elements of visual arts and principles of design.

  • What is the first thing you notice about this portrait?
  • What colors do you see?
  • What is the sitter doing?
  • Where is the sitter?
    Is the sitter’s whole body shown?
  • How old is the sitter?
  • What objects, if any, do you see? What clues do they provide you with?
  • How do you feel when you look at this portrait?
  • Does this look like anyone you know?

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