Students will analyze how a portrait reflects the events and trends of its time and then create a portrait of a public female figure today.
Students will be able to:
research the effects of European expansionism and colonialism on different groups of people during the Age of Exploration;
discuss the notion of "exoticism" as it relates to a 19th-century painting, the burgeoning of stereotypes, and modern-day stereotyping in the media;
create a portrait of a female public figure from a different culture.
Reproduction of Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née Thérèse Feuillant by Jacques Joseph Tissot
Background Information and Questions for Teaching about the painting (click on the thumbnail of the painting below)
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Additional Resource: Learn more about and compare two 19th-century paintings portraying women: Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née, Thérèse Feuillant by Jacques Joseph Tissot and The Milliners by Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas.
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Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née Thérèse Feuillant, Jacques Joseph Tissot, 1866
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