Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • Tell me a story about this person. What do you think this person is doing? What makes you say that?

  • If this sculpture came to life, what would she do next?

  • How would you describe this figure's expression? Where do you think she is looking?

  • What time period could she be from? How can you tell?

  • What would happen before this scene in your story? What would happen after it? What kind of problem do the characters face? How might they fix it? What title would you give this story?

  • Lady Godiva was an English noblewoman from the 11th century who lived in Coventry. According to legend, she protested the excessive taxes her husband imposed on his people. He agreed to relax those measures if she was brave enough to ride through the town completely naked, which she did. How do you show love for your town and fellow citizens?

  • While most works of art depicting Lady Godiva focus on the ride itself, this sculpture shows her in the moment of her decision beforehand. Does that change the way you think about the story of Lady Godiva? How does it change your focus?

  • The sculptor who created this artwork, Anne Whitney, was an advocate for woman’s rights in 19th century America. She chose to address prevalent social concerns of the time by sculpting famous women. Who are some famous women that you admire? If you were going to create a sculpture about one of the women you admire, how would you depict her?

Making Connections