Worksheet for A. Pintura: Art Detective
1. What does Miss Featherduster bring you? What does she want you to
- She brings you a painting she says she found in her grandfather's attic
after he passed away. She wants you to tell her who painted it.
2. What country was Picasso from and when did he live?
- Picasso was Spanish (though he lived in France most of his life) and
lived from 1881-1973.
3. Describe the kind of subjects Titian liked to paint.
- Titian usually painted only famous or important people. Generally that
meant people from the Bible or classical Greek or Roman myths, or important
people in his own time. (He was so respected in the 1500's that Emperor
Charles V once picked up a brush Titian had dropped--and royalty rarely
stoops for anyone. Titian was also the clever fellow who made it popular
to paint on canvas instead of wood panels.)
4. What was the Renaissance? When was it?
- The Renaissance was the greatest flowering of art and literature since
the Classical period of ancient Greece. The Renaissance lasted from 1400
to 1600 A.D. Renaissance artists turned their interest from the deep religious
symbolism of Medieval Art (400-1400 A.D.) to naturalistic details and classical
ideals., like the ideal proportions of the human figure and the rules of
5. Describe Van Gogh's painting style (brushstrokes, colors, subjects...).
- Van Gogh used bold, intense colors and strong, rough brushstrokes to
communicate the strong emotions and moods he felt about his subjects.
He painted many landscapes, still lives, and portraits. The painting used
as a comparison in A. Pintura is Landscape Near Auvers.
6. What was one of Gauguin's favorite subjects?
- Gauguin was fascinated by the tropical colors and subjects of Tahiti.
7. What was Millet most interested in showing in his paintings?
- Millet, the painter of Miss Featherduster's mystery painting, usually
depicted the unglamorous, hardworking peasants of France. He strove to
give dignity to even the most humble of tasks. His most famous painting,
The Gleaners, is used as a comparison to the mystery painting.
8. Describe perspective as used by Raphael. When was it
developed and what does it do?
- Renaissance artists (1400-1600) such as Raphael were very interested
in formal composition. They developed perspective: a mathematical system
used to create the illusion of depth. Using a vanishing point and precise
lines, artists could line up objects from the foreground to the background
so they systematically got smaller and higher on the canvas and appeared
to get further away.
9. Which artist painted the mystery painting? How do you know?
- Millet. Students should base their answer on color, composition, brushstroke,
subject, or style.
10. Why did Miss Featherduster really want to know about the mystery
- An art thief posing as a maid, Miss Featherduster stole the priceless
Millet painting. After you told her who painted it, she sold it and bought
herself a nice life in Tahiti.
11. Which was your favorite artist? Why?
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