Images of Power

Think back to the bust of Bindo Altoviti you looked at. How is this similar to this bust? How is is different? Why might Altoviti have wanted to be portrayed differently from Caesar? Why would he choose to be portrayed as a philosopher instead?
What do you notice about this person? He is a king, why might a king need to be portrayed a certain way? Notice his footwear, why might a man wear high heels?
What sort of job do you think this person does? How can you tell? What does this person's clothes say about them? What does the fact that they had a portrait of themselves painted say about them? What about this person looks powerful?
Why might an Emperor have wanted to create a full length porttait of himself? How does he make himself look powerful? What about his clothing makes him look powerful?
What do you first notice about this? Why might someone have a portrait painted if photographs are available? What can you tell about this person based on their posture? What can you tell based on what they are wearing?
This image is part of a larger image, what might be happening in the rest of the image? What can you say about the pose of the person? Does the missing head make it more or less difficult to determine personality? This image is part of a larger image, what might be happening in the rest of the image? What can you say about the pose of the person? Does the missing head make it more or less difficult to determine personality?
Have you seen this painting before? Why might you have seen it before? It was painted long after the event happened, why might someone want to commemorate this event? What about this image looks powerful? What does it say about the people in the image?
What do you notice about this man? Why might he be dressed this way? How is his representation of power and strength different from ones we've seen before?
What could this person be looking at? What does their expression say about them? What can you infer about their job based on what they are wearing? What does their job say about them?
How big do you think this once was? Why might someone make a statue this big? What does making a giant statue say about the person portrayed?
What do you notice about this statue? How is it different from other statues we've seen? How does the base it's on change how we perceive it? How does the posture of the person change how we perceive it?
What is the first thing you notice? Why might you notice this? Why might a woman wear clothes like this? What do her clothes and posture say about her?
What do you notice about this person? Why might you notice this? Why might someone have a portrait painted sitting down? How can someone look powerful while they're sitting down?
What is the first thing you notice about this object? Why do you notice it? How might hairstyle and clothing be an indicator of personality? How might clothing be an indicator of wealth?
How can a building be called powerful? What characteristics of this building would be considered powerful? What does this say about the power of the church? About the power of God?
What is the focus in this image? Why might this be the focus? What do you notice about this woman? How is this different from images of women we've seen before?
What is an adjective to describe this person? What makes you say that? What might this person be thinking? What can you tell about this person from their expression?
Who do you think this is? How do you know? Why do you see so many busts of kings? What does the headdress say about this person?
This is a self-portrait? Why might the artist decide to show himself this way? What do you notice about the person first? Why do you notice it? What are some adjectives you would use to describe his expression?
What can you tell about this person? How can you tell? Why might someone dress this way?
What do you think this is made of? Why might someone make this? How can you tell this person is powerful? What clues can you find?
What do you notice about this woman? Why do you notice this? What might she be doing? How do the things around her contribute to how you perceive her?
Who might have owned this chair? Why might someone buy a chair like this? What does it say about the person who owns it? Do you think you would sit in a chair like this? What would you do in it?
Think back to the portrait of Mary I you looked at. How is this statue of a goddess similar to that portrait? How is it different? Why would there be similarities in how powerful women are portrayed, even thousands of years apart?
Do you know who this is? Does knowing who it is change your perception of the person? Why would a President need an official portrait? How might it be used?
What do you notice about this man? Why might you notice this? How does his posture and clothing affect how you see him? What sort of job do you think this man might have?
What do you notice about this man's clothes? What does his expression tell you? Where might this painting be shown? Why might this man have had this painting made?
What do you notice first about this image? Why might you notice this? Who is in power in this relationship? How can you tell?
What do you notice about this person? What does his expression tell you? What does his posture tell you? What clues can you find about this person's profession?
What do you notice about this man? What makes you say that? What sort of jacket is he wearing? How can a uniform make someone look powerful?
What might you notice first about this? Where might you place this object? How does the material make the person seem powerful? Why might someone combine an animal and human?
What do you notice about this image? What is striking about the frame? Is this a realistic image of a baby? Why might someone want to make a baby look powerful? How might someone make a baby look powerful?
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