Lesson ideas

22nd April 2005 at 01:00
Art. KS2

Make a scientific investigation of Caravaggio's use of light and shadow.

Set up a scene using candles and try to light it with the same intensity as he used in the painting. Experiment also with modern lighting techniques and take digital photographs to record these.


Caravaggio used living models in his paintings, often wearing contemporary clothing. Illustrate a religious or classical story using 21st-century models wearing today's fashions.


Ask students to research and collect examples of how issues of good and evil are portrayed in other paintings, as well as in film and news.


Using the National Gallery website, compare the nation's collection of Caravaggio paintings chronologically. These include "Boy Bitten by a Lizard", "The Supper at Emmaus" and "Salome receives the Head of Saint John the Baptist". The last two images have a zoom facility that allows students to examine Caravaggio's techniques in detail.


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