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Reading into the art

Archibald Prize 2012 portraits

Collection connections

Questions and activities

  • Look closely at each portrait. List the items you can see. Reflect on how each artist has included props and objects to communicate meaning in the portrait. Discuss your opinion about these artworks and your view on including objects to express a personality.
  • Assess the mood of each of these paintings. How do the portraits make you feel? Explore how light and shadow have been used to create a mood.
  • Assess the body language of the sitter in each of the portraits. Discuss how the pose of each sitter is a central focus of the composition.