Friday, February 12, 2010

Docent Note: Getting to Know La Velata

Getting to Know La Velata

Suppose someone finds a picture of you 500 years from now. What could they figure out about you? This picture is almost 500 years old. It is a portrait . Do you know what a portrait is? Let’s try to figure out something about this lady. She is called La Velata, which means ‘The Veiled One’, and sometimes she is called Incognita, the ‘Unknown One’..

  • What can you tell us about her?
  • Who painted her?
  • Where did they live? Where is that?
  • Did they have electric lights? TV? Computers?
  • How old is she?
  • Is she wealthy, or poor? Why?
  • Why do you think she is wearing a veil?
  • How much of her can we see?
  • Does she look happy?
  • What words would you use to describe her?
  • Why do you think she had her portrait made?
  • Do you think she has a job?
  • Would she wear those clothes to work?
  • Do you think she ever wore jeans?
  • Why is this painting special?
  • Have you ever had a portrait made?
  • Did you wear something special?
  • Can a photograph be a portrait?
-- Kathleen Durham