This activity goes along with day eight of The Living Christ: An Easter Countdown.
For our activity today we did another art study. I divided the children up into two groups. One group received The Flagellation of our Lord Jesus Christ by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (above), the other group received Behold the Man by Antonio Ciseri (below).
They had to look at the paintings and answer the following questions:
What scene is being depicted?
Look at the expressions on each of the faces. What do you think they are feeling/thinking?
How does this painting make you feel? Why? What do you see in the picture that makes you feel that way?
Just these few questions leads to a big, sometimes, long discussion with your children. The details they see that somehow we miss as adults is amazing. After each group did this we switched pictures and then together as a group we looked at Christ With Thorns by Carl Bloch (below) and discussed it. I personally LOVE this painting and am struck by it every time I see it.
Click on each picture to open a new window with a full resolution of the painting.
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For the next several days I will be posting about the World Congress of Families. This year it is being held in Sydney, Australia. Remember how we helped to raise funds for Angela to attend? She is sending daily reports of the presentations, interviews she is able to have, and more. I am excited to share with you what she is experiencing. There are so many around the world - politicians, religious leaders, community organizers, trained professionals, and others - who are dedicated to defending the family. I will try to post each day's events in order so you are not reading them backwards as you scroll down. I have broken up Angela's summaries into several posts so it isn't overwhelming to see a HUGE post. Remember, if you have any questions you would like her to ask when she gives her interviews, leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to her.