Tableaux Vivant!

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The students in Dr. Elise Smith‘s 18th and 19th Century Art were divided into groups and each group given a list of paintings that they’d studied in class to recreate in tableaux vivants. These “living pictures” were a kind of parlor game that was popular in the 19th century. Other students then had to guess what the painting was – not easy for either the recreators or the guessers, but it was a fun alternative way to learn about pose and composition!

Jacques-Louis David’s Death of Socrates.
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Angelica Kauffmann’s Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi
Théodore Géricault's Raft of the Medusa
Théodore Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa

Click here to view other examples of tableaux vivants, these from Dr. Smith’s Baroque Art classes.



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