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Lesson Plans

beauty-the French have a word for it

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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 11:47:38 -0500

One French term I think I do remember is "droight de auteur" or something
like that. It means, "right of the artist (author)" and refers to a law
regulating what can be done with a work of art after it has been purchased.
For example, one cannot buy a work that one dislikes (finds ugly or
repulsive, for instance) just in order to destroy it, or buy Van Gogh's
Irises and cut it up to sell little pieces of it. I don't know what
American law says about this, but it might be interesting to ask your
students what law they would write---a good connection, possibly, with a
social studies class. Ron and I will be talking and walking about ethics
and art later, we hope, and these issues will surely come up again. One
interesting exercise I've participated in centers around what to do with
the Elgin marbles in the British Museum. We were asked to "role
play"--e.g. Greek cultural minister, curator of BM, persons on the street,
art historians, etc and debate the issue. It was very heated and lots of
fun. It could also be the occasion of a cross-disciplinary lesson, since
students could be asked to do research on the contemporary debate being
waged. Just a thought. Marcia