Of Heaven and Earth: Exhibition Walkthrough

Opening with some of the earliest and most refined examples of Italian painting, including Sandro Botticelli’s stunning Annunciation, the exhibition Of Heaven and Earth unfolds chronologically. The High Renaissance is next, with its emphasis on naturalism and rationality, the most familiar qualities of Italian painting. This section contains rare early work by Titian. Subsequently, visitors… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Chiaroscuro Creations

Chiaroscuro paintings often have strong contrasts of light and dark. This style of painting was made popular during the Renaissance and often featured a portrait of its subject. In the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, the painting Salome (ca. 1681–85) by Carlo Dolci (pictured left) is one such example. Give students a chance to create their… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Character & Setting

Adapted from the First Stage Theater Company Education Department. Using the painting The Sulky Boy (1875) by Antonio Mancini from the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, ask students to describe the boy. Consider the following prompts to assist in your discussion: Who is the “sulky boy”? How old is he? What do the objects around… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Pick a Piece

Some of the paintings featured in the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition were initially displayed in churches and other sacred places. Others would be included in the homes of wealthy arts patrons. After viewing the exhibition, imagine selecting one painting to take for yourself. Consider the following prompts to assist in the discussion: Which painting… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Enter the Painting

Select a painting of interest from the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, and spend at least sixty seconds in silence examining the details. Ask students to “take a walk” into the painting using their five senses. Consider the following prompts to assist in your discussion: What do they see, feel, hear, smell, taste? Describe your… Read on

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Design Department

← Back to Table of Contents There is more to an exhibition than the artwork within it. Each exhibition has its own look and feel. The design of the title, the colors of the walls, the path through the exhibition, and how the art is arranged all play a role in your experience of an… Read on

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Framing Department

For additional resources, see the Kohl’s Art Generation Online Lab & Gallery guide. The works of art are the stars of the Museum, but they sure would look different without frames around them! Frames protect works of art and help us learn more about their histories. The Museum has its own Frame Workshop, where frames… Read on

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Education Department

For additional resources, see the Kohl’s Art Generation Online Lab & Gallery guide. There is more than one way to look at a work of art! Educators at the Museum often think about how people connect with art. This video shows some of the ways that people interact with artwork. Can you guess which artwork… Read on

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Technology

For additional resources, see the Kohl’s Art Generation Online Lab & Gallery guide. Throughout time, artists have used new technology to help them make a better picture. Do you think it is cheating for artists to use drawing aids? We don’t think so! Optical devices are tools artists sometimes use to help them make their… Read on

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Curatorial Department

For additional resources, see the Kohl’s Art Generation Online Lab & Gallery guide. Curators are scholars who have expert knowledge on the works of art they study. They tell stories by hanging certain works of art in the galleries together (or apart). They organize exhibitions and help select works of art to add to the… Read on

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