A Self-Guided Tour for Young People and Their Families: Page 3
The New Child: British Art and the Origins of Modern Childhood
An exhibition at the University Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley
August 23 - November 19, 1995
Artist: Arthur Devis
Title: The John Bacon Family
Lender: New Haven, Yale Center for British Art
Meet the John Bacon family. This portrait of the Bacons gives us several clues about their lives. Artists often painted visual clues in their paintings so that viewers like us could learn a lot about the people in the painting just from looking at it.
Mr. Bacon was a scientist. The scientific equipment, such as the telescope near the window, gives us clues about his work. What else can you figure out about other family members from clues in the painting?
- Where do you think the Bacon family is? Do you think they live in the countryside, like the Blunt brothers in the last painting?
- What is the boy on the left holding in his hands? What does this tell you about him?
- Do you think this is how the family looks when they are relaxing around the house? Do you think they are aware that their picture is being painted?
- What type of instruments do you see in the right–hand corner of the room (to the left of the red curtain)? What kind of work do you think the father does?
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