Task 11 for the Learning event 2017: Learning in a Museum EXPERT: Daniela Bunea 12. Museum-based transnational collaborative learning activities (11-13 March 2017)
Αuthor teachers: Litsa Glarou, Greece and Eleni Kada, Greece
About the project
Explores the female beauty from ancient times until nowadays, as presented in Art, Sculpture and Painting.
- The standards of female beauty over the years.
- The social conditions that create the beauty standards.
- The position of women in History and in Art.
- Students will be devided in groups of four.
- Photo gallery with sculptures and paintings on female beauty.
- Study and commentary.
- Connection with lessons: History, Art and Theatre.
Dramatization and representation: The paintings and sculptures get alive and tell their story.
Creative Writing (αs acrostic with the name of a painting or α sculpture )
Indicative Web 2.0 tools: Power point, prezi, artsteps, fotobabble, smore, buncee, mystorybook and other digital tools.
Woman in Ancient Times - Worship of female deities
The female figure was central in religious art (wall-paintings, snake goddesses, naked goddess). The religion of the period focused on the worship of a female deity with a fertility aspect (figurines with large breasts from Kea, snake goddess, etc.). The stress placed on femininity through the naked breasts, elegant dress, coiffure, and jewellery, also used to be considered an expression of social ease liberty. However, the dress was probably of ritual character and related to the symbolism of fertility. On the other hand, the elegant dress conceivably points to some change in the social identity of women. The emphasis placed on makeup and lavish accessories, together with the decline in the maternal element in the iconography apparently expressed a new ideal of femininity: the woman was no longer depicted as a mother but as an attractive erotic companion. Female sexuality was no longer projected in its fertility aspect as in previous periods, but gave symbolic legitimacy to the woman’s dependence on the man.
Women and stereotypes