Art Museum Learning Paradigm Sample

Rembrandt Van Rijn’s Portraits, European Paintings Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Context (NYSS #4) (NCS #4/5)
Responsible art educators today need to carefully research the contexts of all art. This approach exemplifies how a broad knowledge base of the creative, personal, cultural, social, political, and spiritual environment expands our critical understanding of art in global context.

  1. Historical significance
  2. Appreciation of culture and tradition
  3. Interpretation through global context
  4. Reference through popular culture
  5. Focus on social and political analysis
  6. Comparison of socio-culture intension with the viewer’s experience

Supports Post-modern and Visual Culture Art Education ideologies

Rembrandt’s success as an artist was linked to the social, cultural, political, and financial setting of 17th century Amsterdam. One’s commissioned portrait was a prestigious symbol of wealth and success.

How do Rembrandt’s portraits reveal status of his wealthy clients?

Teacher identifies the origin and history of the individuals painted by Rembrandt in the gallery. Teacher designs a compare and contrast list for Rembrandt’s earlier portraits and his later self portrait.

Student Gallery Activity #1:
Students identify specific qualities of Rembrandt’s portraits within the gallery.

Student Internet Activity #2:
Student researches another portrait from The Met’s website.

Submitted by Dr. Donna Tuman, Art Education, LIU/CW Post, Brookville, New York