Grades/Level: High School (9–12)
Subjects: Visual Arts, History–Social Science
Time Required: 3–5–Part Lesson
3-4 class periods, plus independent research
Author: J. Paul Getty Museum Education Staff

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Lesson Overview

Students will compare and contrast different perspectives of the French Revolution as depicted in two works of art. Students will discuss the use of satire and caricature to comment on historical and current events and will create satirical cartoons based on contemporary issues.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
• compare and contrast different perspectives of the French Revolution as depicted in two 19th-century works of art;
• conduct independent research on the French Revolution or Industrial Revolution, focusing on the effects of these events on daily life;
• discuss the use of satire and caricature to comment on historical and current events;
• create cartoons that utilize satire to comment on contemporary issues.

Materials

• Reproduction of Contemptuous of the Insults by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
• Reproduction of A Centennial of Independence by Henri Rousseau
• Reproduction of Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 by James Ensor
• Background Information and Questions for Teaching about the works of art (click on the thumbnails of the works below)
• 9 x 12 inch Bristol board
• Pencils
• India ink
• Small natural-hair brushes

Lesson Steps

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Additional Resource:
Learn more about and compare A Centennial of Independence by Henri Rousseau and Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 by James Ensor.

Glossary Terms:
Words in bold on these pages and in the lesson are defined in the glossary for this curriculum (see "For the Classroom" links above).

Contemptuous / Goya
Contemptuous of the Insults, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, 1816—1820

Standards Addressed

Refer to the charts for national and California state standards for this curriculum, found in the links at the top right of this page.