Read the definition of Allegory available through the EDSITEment-reviewed web resource Internet Public Library.
Work together to try to identify the art (or arts) depicted in the piece you have been assigned. List all of the objects in the image that point to a specific art (or arts). When you have completed your list, switch images with another group, and then write a new list for the new image. Switch until you have written a list for all four images.
Click on the link to the art work that your group has been assigned:
Once all the groups have four lists, gather together and compare your lists, then answer the following questions:
Review the List of Virtues and Vices. Then work with your group to identify the virtue or vice being depicted in the image that you are assigned from the following list:
View the following paintings which were created by the same artist, and meant to be viewed as a group. What is the allegorical theme of the complete set of paintings? As you view these images complete this chart.
In small groups work with your fellow group members to answer the following questions:
Open the link and examine the art work.
You have been assigned one of the images below: Make a list of all of the objects, figures, and landscape elements that might give a clue to the allegorical meaning of the painting. Remember that the allegorical subject of their painting might be one of the arts, a vice or virtue, or a reference to time (as Cole’s ages of man might be considered, as well as times of day or seasons of the year).