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Distorting Madonna in Medieval Art

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Why was the prominent figure of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in medieval paintings commonly painted out of proportion? Discover the deep religious roots connected to European medieval art beginning in the sixth century. This video offers a brief, yet fascinating, look into the draw of Christianity at the fall of Rome, and the consequential transition away from a focus on physical beauty toward a more permanent, metaphysical beauty.

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CCSS: Adaptable
  • Offers great insight into the religious and cultural undertones of the medieval period
  • Opportunity to flip the video: create your own multiple choice and/or open-answer questions to check for understanding and add additional resources (requires free online registration)
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Common Core