This lesson utilizes the 17th to mid 20th century collection of art at the Museum of Fine Arts to accompany the Enlightenment to Modernism guided tour.
This lesson traces the development of art from 1700 to the mid-20th century using the exemplary collection at the Museum of Fine Arts. Intended to accompany the Enlightenment to Modernism guided tour, the artworks in this gallery are placed within the philosophical, social and political framework of their era. This gallery can also be used as a general resource for those who wish to learn more about the rise of modern art.
In exploring this lesson, students will:
•Learn how the development of modern art is inextricably linked with the rise of industrialization and of the middle class, various social and political reforms, and military conflicts.
•Examine how the role of the artist and the rules and aims of artistic expression as the social milieu changed in Europe.
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:
-History teachers and students will be interested in the development of Modernism in conjucntion with the industralization of the country.
- Visual Art teachers and students will be interested in the changing styles of artistic representation throughout Europe.
The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web source--or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries--to look for other objects that will provide further insights into this topic.