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A Portrait for All Times

Episode:66Te Papa Collection:Art and Photography

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 4

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context

Description:How did an 18th century American portrait by famed portrait artist John Singleton Copley end up at Te Papa? Tony Mackle explains how.

Questions for students

  1. Who is the subject of the painting? Who painted it? When was it painted and why?
  2. Why did John Greenwood ask for this portrait to be made? What purpose did portraits serve in his time?
  3. Why do you think people like to have images of people they care about? Use the 'Connections and conclusions' response template to explore this concept. Note the connections you can make between the portrait and the way you use images. Then draw conclusions about the meaning and value we find in images of family and friends.
  4. Māori travelled vast distances when they arrived in New Zealand from Hawaiki. How did they keep the memories of their ancestors alive? What art forms did they use?
  5. Why is this a 'significant' painting in Te Papa's international art collection? What makes an art work significant?

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Connections and conclusions