Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • A masterpiece of Spanish colonial art, this is a portrait of Jose Maria Rodallega, one of Mexico’s most famous silversmiths. Look closely for details in this portrait. What things do you notice right away? What do you notice after looking more closely?
  • What do you see in this painting that might tell us about this person?
  • How can a portrait tell us about a person in a way that is different than a story written about them?
  • If this person could talk, what do you think he might say about himself?