Why Babies in Medieval Paintings Look Like Ugly Old Men

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Have you ever noticed that babies in paintings from the Middle Ages look a little...strange? Find out why with an informative and amusing video about the moment artists decided to make babies look cute again.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show in an art history class for an entertaining warm-up activity
  • Use as an introduction to a research project in which learners must find out more about another common aspect in medieval or Renaissance art
Classroom Considerations

  • References so-called "ugly" babies to baby Jesus in religious paintings
Pros

  • Provides a set of assessment questions to check for understanding
  • Funny and applicable to a lesson on medieval art
Cons

  • None