Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • Semiramis was an Assyrian queen around 800 BCE. What do you notice about this sculpture that suggests she is royalty?
  • How would you describe the expression on her face?
  • How would you view this sculpture differently if Semiramis were on the ground instead of raised up on a platform?
  • The artist, William Wetmore Story, created a model of Semiramis and then hired Italian carvers to create the actual sculpture from one solid piece of marble under his supervision. There is a longstanding tradition in art of the artist creating the original idea or model and having others execute a portion of the painting or sculpture. Does this effect who you think of as the artist? Or is the artist the person who comes up with the original idea? How do you define an artist?