Goya, Politics and the Power of Images
My online students got into a heated discussion about how Enrico Scrovegni, the patron of Giotto's frescos in the Arena Chapel, asked Giotto to depict him handing the chapel to the angels and Virgin Mary in heaven -- thus implying a kind of virtuousness about himself, that the students felt to be a kind of potentially false representation. So, we made this vodcast about how images can be used to support specific political agendas, focusing on the famous painting by Goya, The Third of May, 1808. Warning: There are some difficult images in this video that may not be appropriate for all ages. This is currently working in internet explorer and firefox but seems to have a so far inexplicable problem in safari. Click here to watch.