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MFA for Educators

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

First Test Activity

This gallery is based on a 2007 exhibition, From Donatello to Giambologna. It features faience, a less familiar medium, as well as works in marble and bronze from Renaissance Florence. This gallery consists of sections on the importance of terra cottta, museum conservation and echoes of classicism bracketyed between masterworks by Donatello and Giamboligna.

Social Studies teachers and students will be interested in what this gallery reveals about Renaissance Florence.

Art teachers and students will be interested in methods, materials, techniques, and the role of the artist in society.

Science teachers and students will be interested in the use of scientific analysis in object conservation.

World Language teachers and students will be interested in studying the culture that produced the Italian language

Exploring this gallery, you will discover:
-The art of faience, glazed clay objects called terra cotta ( literally, cooked earth; terra= earth, cotta= cooked)
-The role of science in art restoration
-The social values and beliefs of Renaissance Florence as shown in the decorative arts manufactured for public purchase.

This discovery will require students to:
-Look closely at objects and observe details
-Use prior knowledge in conjunction with observation
-Generate hypotheses based on observation and prior knowledge.


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