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The Civil War and American Art

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Visual Arts +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults, Primary (5 to 8 years old)
These videos use the best artworks, by some of the greatest American artists, to reveal what life was like during the Civil War. The artists explore the emotional meaning of these events. Eleanor Jones Harvey, the chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, produced five, short (2-3 minute) videos, each one examining a different artwork from this period. In addition, this teaching collection includes images of the artworks and artists, recommended discussion questions, writing prompts, and detailed lesson plans in The Civil War and American Art: Teachers' Guide, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2012.

A Visit from the Old Mistress

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Iron Mine, Port Henry, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Aurora Borealis

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Frederic Church (1826-1900), (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Eastman Johnson (a Self-Portrait), (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

A Visit from the Old Mistress

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Winslow Homer

National Portrait Gallery