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The visual arts are an excellent way to supplement instruction in history, social studies, language arts, or other subjects in middle and high school classrooms. Use these hints to find ways to link your curriculum to the content in the Web site and programs.

The Art Institute of Chicago
American Gothic
This painting may be used to discuss images of American life, particularly in the rural Midwest.

Ceremonial Drum
This object may be used in discussions of African geography and culture, particularly that of Mali and Ivory Coast. The place of ritual objects in cultures is an additional topic.

City Landscape
This painting may be used to discuss abstract art as an aesthetic school. It may also be used as an illustration of one type of art typical of the Post-World War II era.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic
This book may be used in World History, in units on Queen Isabella or Spanish History generally. It is also appropriate for a discussion of Flemish art or the art of the book.

Stag at Sharkey's
In literature discussions, it may be useful to compare Realism in American literature to Realism in American visual art. This work may also be used to discuss New York City and early-20th-century history.

Still Life with Two Lemons
This painting may be used in a discussion of 17th-century Dutch history or to introduce the subject of a still life as a theme in art.

Kimbell Art Museum
An Exiled Emperor in Okinoshima
This object may be used in discussions of Japanese history.

Maison Maria with a View of Château Noir
This painting is appropriate for a discussion of French art in the late 19th century: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

Standing Bodhisattva
This object may be used in a discussion of Asian culture and history.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child
This painting may be used to discuss images of women and motherhood in art.

Netsuke
This object may be used in discussions of Japanese history, or to introduce what personal ornament and fashion can mean in culture.

Ocean Park Series #49
This painting maybe used to introduce a connection between abstract and representational styles of art. It also may be used to pose the question of whether there is a specific style of art characteristic of some California painters.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bis Poles
These objects may be used to introduce geographic and cultural study of Oceanic people from New Guinea. An additional use would be to discuss the place of objects in rituals.

Royal Statuary of Hatshepsut
These objects may be used to illustrate Egyptian history as well as the history of women leaders.

Tughra of Suleyman the Magnificent
This object may be used to discuss Turkish history; in specific, the history of the Ottoman Empire.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit
This painting may be appropriate for use in discussion of late-19th-century American history, particularly the life of American expatriates.

Grand Piano
This object may be used in discussions of music history, particularly focusing on the end of the classical and the beginning of the romantic era in music.

Mimbres Bowl
This object may be appropriate in the discussion of Pre-Columbian history and Native American history of the Southwest.


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