PTC Module 3 Malarea Robinson

Lady Mary Mortley Montagu

This is a biography of the ancestry and accomplishments of Mary Montagu. It describes some of her famous works, her connection to her father as well as her marriage to her husband (without permission.) This weblink also allows you to view her works through google books. This is significant because Mary was a female writer in the enlightenment age. She wrote poems and letters and even expected to have them published. When I went to the “works” page I did not expect to see so many. The biography explains that she was self-taught to read and write, and if you read some of her works this is not evident by her writing. This connected directly to our current chapter of the enlightenment. She may not be a study in most history books but was definitely an amazing woman, especially in the times that she lived in. This is a great way to show that women began to prosper with poetry and writing.

Of Elephants and Roses: Encounters with French Natural History, 1790-1830

This weblink shows the connection between Paris and Philadelphia, the two “centers of life sciences.” These objects that were exhibited, “some of them had never been exhibited before in the U.S.” There were many important items that were in the exhibit, including a dinner plate from Louis XVIII dinner table. The paintings that are displayed are beautiful and colorful. Part of the exhibit is of elephants that came to Paris in 1798 and of a Giraffe that became a “celebrity” in it’s time. This is a great weblink to show visuals of art from this age of “life sciences.” It is also interesting to see that Paris and Philadelphia once shared a common interest in sciences. This directly correlates to our current chapter because of the Era in which this art and exhibits were popular, and it is significant to history because of the meaning in which some of the exhibits present, such as art using giraffes was popular in this culture at this time, as well as how dinner plates were designed in the Royal palace.

Goya & The Spanish Enlightenment

This weblink is a biography about Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828.) This is a great weblink to learn more about Goya, Napoleon, as well as many other famous painters, artists, and kings. This weblink does a great job at giving you a small background on the people that surrounded Goya’s life, and the events that led up to these events. It starts off explaining how he was an apprentice to a famous painter, José Luzán Martínez, and eventually began to paint cartoons for Royal palaces, and he then went on to be the Royal Painter of King Charles III and eventually because of illness he became deaf, though he did survive the illness itself. After Napoleons war he began to “paint French regime.” He is famous for his work with the “black paintings.” This is a great example of the painters life during the enlightenment. He went from rags to riches and basically back to rags. This connects directly to what we are studying and even gives another brief lesson on the hierarchy of the kings and absolutism.

Enlightenment Thought and Inquiry

Another great study tool to use, it goes through the enlightenment, brief information on Locke, Voltaire, Goya and more. This is a great introduction and background of a few key concepts during the enlightenment such as literature, philosophy, patriotism, and progress. Progress was the most important thing during this time period. This is a great study tool to use just like the other instructor commentaries. This correlates directly to our current lesson as well as our current weblinks. Reading this commentary before the other weblinks helps put perspective on the subsequent readings.


Jokinen, Anniina. Lady Mary Mortley Montagu. 7 Sept. 2006. Accessed 5, Feb. 2017.

American Philosophical Society. “Of Elephants and Roses.” Encounters with French Natural History, 1790-1830. 2017. Accessed 5, Feb. 2017.

Voorhies, James. “Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) and the Spanish Enlightenment.” The Met. Oct. 2008. Accessed 5, Feb. 2017.

Darty, Amy. Enlightenment Thought and Inquiry. Instructor Commentary. Accessed 5, Feb. 2017.

Goya Black Painting of the Arts.

Common Sense is Not that Common. Voltaire Quotes.


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