Week 9 – October 20

Marble statue of an old woman, A.D. 14–68. The Met Museum Roman copy of an ancient Greek statue.

Homework Due today:

  1. Listen to the Disability in Art History lecture
  2. Breakout Group Activity below!

Breakout Session Activity

Compare and contrast the two paintings in the boxes below. click to enlarge.

List their similarities and differences. What sorts of stereotypes about people with disabilities do these representations construct? What emotions do they evoke?

Francisco de Goya, Mendigos que se llevan solos en Bordeaux (Beggars Who Get about on Their Own in Bordeaux), 1824/1827, This image is in the public domain.
 Rembrandt, Peter and John Healing the Cripple at the Gate of the Temple,  1659, This image is in the public domain.

2 thoughts on “Week 9 – October 20

  1. Expert Week #9
    This lecture was so interesting to show us the importance of disability in Art history and how the details are so different between a piece of Art to and another as in “(BEGGARS WHO GET ABOUT ON THEIR OWN IN BORDEAUX)” we discussed and compared to “REMBRANDT, PETER AND JOHN HEALING THE CRIPPLE AT THE GATE OF THE TEMPLE.” The first one shows how the disabled person was in his wheelchair, which was more significant than him and reflects how immense is his sadness or loneliness and his face had that heavy shadows that reflect the shock or the loneliness he was inside. While in the other one, the other person didn’t have a wheelchair, but many people were gathered around him. They were trying to care for him, which shows that they care about him, and that was so striking for me that the two pieces of draws have two different ideas and atmosphere and how detailed it is that we knew what’s inside them bt looking at the details also The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind stood out for me because it is an allusion to the significance of tending the sick and disabled. How being impervious to their sufferings, they also become impervious to any chance of redemption. It was amazingly detailed when you look at it more and focus on it; you discover something new. Finally, I liked this lecture because I have learned about something that was brand new for me and some old stories that I had never heard about that were so interesting to know about and to search about and know the whole stories about the draws.


  2. Expert Week #9
    This week’s presentation was extremely interesting. Seeing how disabled people were portrayed in history through art allows us to put ourselves in that moment of history and in shoes of those people and see what they were not able to see at that time in life. For example, at that point in history many people didn’t think twice of disrespecting disabled people, women, etc because for them it was the norm. In the art piece titled REMBRANDT, PETER AND JOHN HEALING THE CRIPPLE AT THE GATE OF THE TEMPLE, 1659, we can see with our own eyes how these people were treated. People with a disability are shown to be dependent and in need of other peoples help, and approval. In this piece of art, you can see the man laying on the floor (given no sense of status) relying on others to heal him.


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