Thomas Cole’s “A Picnic”

by: Soham Ghoshal, Stella Ma, Rafi Khandaker, Ahmet Doymaz


Our group mainly utilized descriptive analysis to analyze the painting in the museum. We commented on the general setting of the picture, details about the people, and details about the vegetation in the forest. We later focused on the author’s intention when we talked about the hidden message of the painting. We did not delve too deep into the historical context and we could’ve expanded on the use of colors and lighting to create the mood of the painting.
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Winter Scene In Brooklyn by Francis Guy

by: Serene Rivera, Chloe Carter-Daves, Jacob David, Sammy Wagman


We did a lot of description. We didn't do nearly enough interpretive analysis, and we didn't ask many questions, perhaps it's because we took a lot of our personal interpretive analysis as given, perhaps due to the incredible detail of the picture, which makes us feel as if there is less room for interpretation, even if it is. We gave a lot of historical context, perhaps due to our knowledge of American History, and our knowledge may as well have affected our interpretation, having thought we knew the context well.
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Warrior Wearing a Crocodile Mask

by: Hila, Jovanka, Aqsa, Calvin, and Rebecca


We used description, interrogation, historical context, and formal properties. We could've talked more about the artist's interpretation.
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Analysis of Gilt Figure of Marichi

by: Aaron Yam, Emily Li, Justin Pacquing, Jasmine Wong, and Yu Qing Xu


Gilt Figure of Marichi, 18th century

At the Brooklyn Museum, we chose to discuss the Gilt Figure of Marichi, because we felt it encompassed many traits and abilities and plenty for us to interpret. We questioned the importance of sculpture, why it was made out of gilt bronze, what each item in her hands could represent, how the she was ornamented, her position both during the 18th century and her physical position, amongst many other things. We wish that we had discussed more about the sculpture’s historical context. Although we did discuss the spiritual importance that the sculpture held, as we made the video we realized that we never mentioned that the sculpture was probably meant for worship rather than decoration.
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BrooklynMuseumHarmonyChair

by: Roshan Chudhry, Erin McDermott, Melissa Lent, Olivia Palacios, Sabrina Song, Simmeon Chanka, Madison Paredes, Afroza Ahmed, Michelle Jung


We did a great deal of interpretation and formal analysis while maintaining a sense of cultural and historical relevance while including modern events. If we had more time we would add more formal properties and description.
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Cecelia Beaux, Mrs. Roberts

by: Priyanka Thomas, Soon-Hee Shimizu, Abir Petiwala, Sam George, and Ariane Marchese


Our group analyzed Ceclia Beaux’s Mrs. Robert Abbe at the Brooklyn Museum. We discussed multiple facets of the painting and focused on the artistic choices of Beaux. The highly experimental style of the painter portrays the originality and peculiarity of her work. The dress in particular reflected this unusual style. At first glance, it seems like a messily painted dress, but her life long devotion to art allows us to view this style as an intentional choice. We connected this dress to the defiance of a woman in a time period where women were expected to be compliant and unoriginal. This was a reflection of the artist herself, because she was an unmarried woman, unusual in her time.
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Resting Place of Prisoners

by: Brighid Gutch, Julia Barravecchio, Matthew Tomko


While this group hit every suggested talk point, we failed to discuss decision to paint this on a large scale, which may have been of some importance. In spite of this, we managed to conduct an insightful conversation and walked awway from the art with a deeper understanding of it's purpose.
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