Looking for a fun way to incorporate art history into your February homeschool plan? Teaching Botticelli’s lighthearted painting of Venus and Mars is the perfect Valentine’s Day study. This painting has fun details that are sure to delight a curious child, and in this post I’m going to give a quick lesson plan including a
The Merode Altarpiece
In this lesson we are going to be examining the Merode Altarpiece which explores the story of the Angel Gabriel came to Mary and announcing that she is going to bear the Christ child. I’ve chosen this painting because it is full of hidden symbols that make it a fun work to explore.
The Lesson can be done in one morning or afternoon, or a bit at a time over the month. Do what works for your family. In my school we set aside our regular curriculum during December and used a variety of Christmas preparation activities for our curriculum. Don’t restrict using this great work only to the Christmas season, it could be used anytime of year.