This activity goes along with day eight of The Living Christ: An Easter Countdown.
For our activity today we did another art study. I divided the children up into two groups. One group received The Flagellation of our Lord Jesus Christ by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (above), the other group received Behold the Man by Antonio Ciseri (below).
They had to look at the paintings and answer the following questions:
What scene is being depicted?
Look at the expressions on each of the faces. What do you think they are feeling/thinking?
How does this painting make you feel? Why? What do you see in the picture that makes you feel that way?
Just these few questions leads to a big, sometimes, long discussion with your children. The details they see that somehow we miss as adults is amazing. After each group did this we switched pictures and then together as a group we looked at Christ With Thorns by Carl Bloch (below) and discussed it. I personally LOVE this painting and am struck by it every time I see it.
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