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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.

Symbols of the Revolution - The Sons of Liberty Bowl

Explore one of America’s most celebrated national treasures, the Liberty Bowl, which has symbolized the American struggle for recognition and respect for more than two hundred years. Discover the symbolism Paul Revere used to visually represent ideas, historic events and important documents related to the American Revolution.

Learning goals:

Students will learn:

- About the historical and intellectual influences on the American Revolution and central documents such as the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights.

- About the historical and social influences on a work of art.

- About American national symbols and the development of visual metaphors.

 

Using this resource:

- Visual Art teachers and students will be interested in the use of symbolic imagery to represent ideas and events, as well as  in the historic and social significance of an artwork.

- History teachers and students will be interested in the historical and intellectual influences on the American Revolution, as well as the political and economic developments leading to the Revolution.They will also be interested in the meaning of American national symbols and central terms such as the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights, and  in the role Massachusetts played in the events leading to the American Revolution.

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.

 



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