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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

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This Small Kingdoms to Emerging Nations: Art of Europe, 1100-1700 tour illustrates some of the artwork that was created from 1100-1700. Students will explore the impact of the church upon everyday and political life, as well as various styles and methods being explored in European art at this time. This tour is recommended for high school classes studying European or World history and culture of the Middle Ages or Renaissance.?

Grade Level: 8th - 12th grades

??Learning Goals: ??Exploring this gallery, you will discover:

??•The impact of the Reformation, the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the rise of the merchant class, the Enlightenment, and trans-Atlantic exploration on Europe between 1100 and 1700.??

•Students will discover how European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts reflect social changes during that time. ??

This discovery will require students to: ??

•Look closely and make visual observations about art ?

•Express their ideas and share them with either peers ?

•Generate hypotheses and observations based on prior knowledge of history and social sciences.

??Using this resource:

??•Social Studies teachers will be interested in the connections between the events of the European history between 1100 and 1700 and the images in the gallery. ?

•Arts teachers will be interested in the examination of the history of art in Europe from 1100 to 1700 and its relevance to the politics and social events of the time. ??

The objects in this tour are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web resource—or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries—to look for other objects that will provide further insights into the relationship between words and images.


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