by Robert Anderson

    Overview of the galleries
    To locate specific works of art that have angels, putti & cupids \

    Engage in a visual hunt for winged figures
Discuss ideas about the winged figures that will help determine the meaning of the work of art
Drawing and write a poem about a winged figure

Starting points for three (3) docents
    Gallery #1    Triumph of Divine Love
    Gallery #3    Virgin & Child in an Apse or Nativity
    Gallery #4    Madonna and Child with Six Angels
    Gallery #8    Annunciation - St John the Baptist - Hagar & Ishmael
    Gallery #9    Angel Sculpture (model)
    Gallery #13    Lot and His Family Leaving Sodom

    Gallery #13    Lot and His Family Leaving Sodom
    Gallery #14    The Flight into Egypt
    Gallery #15    Portrait of Bourbon-Conti - Dream of Joseph
    Gallery #2    The Four Evangelists    - Ceiling
    Gallery #6    The Rest on the Flight to Egypt
    Gallery #8    Annunciation - St. John the Baptist - Hagar & Ishmael

    Gallery #6    The Rest on the Flight to Egypt
    Gallery #8    Annunciation - St. John the Baptist - Hagar & Ishmael
    Gallery #9    Angel Sculpture (model)
    Gallery #11    Hagar& Ishmael
    Gallery #13    Lot & His Family leaving Sodom
    Gallery #15    Dream of Joseph - Madame Bourbon-Conti

    Introduce self and review manners & expectations
    Review goals of the tour
    Look for and learn about winged wonders in the JMRMA
    Show three figures of winged figures
    Can you tell us something about them?
(1)    Hold up one of the Angel figures
What is it ? How do you know?
You will see many on our tour today
(2)    Hold up a cupid figure
The clue to his identity is the arrow and quiver
They are symbols that accompany him usually
What is his name?
What do you know about him?
(3)    Hold up the other figure from the Coypel
This figure will represent all the other winged figures we will see
Many are called Putti… like little child angel
Often appear as helpers or decorations in art works or architecture

    Lets begin our tour looking for Winged Wonders

    We will have activity sheets available for this tour!


Prepare worksheets and materials before you begin
Plan you route & end up in a gallery featuring a cupid or angel of your choice

Part I - Identify and understand more about Winged Figures in the JMRMA

    To look carefully at works of art
    Determine if the winged figure is an angel, cupid or putti
    Discover the roles of winged figures in art throughout history
    Angel cut out
    Putto / cherub cutout
    Cupid cutout
Gather students on loggia to do pre-your activity that aquaints them with different types of winged figures
   (1)    Looking for three different types of winged figures in art
   Some in religious art    Some in mythological art
   Even found in architecture of the museum
    (2) Hold up Cupid.    Anyone know who he is?
    The clue is the arrow.    He is Cupid, the god of love.
    We will see him in several works of art
    (3) Hold up putto.    Child with wings but not Cupid.
    Children with wings in art are called putti or cherubs
    We see them in religious and mythological art.
    In religious art the putti are cherubs helping humans worship God.
    In Greek & Roman mythology the putti help the gods.
   (4) Hold up the large angel.          Who is this figure?   
This is an angel.    Angels are used in religious art as helpers, musicians & messengers.
    (5) Lets review
        The winged boy with an arrow is?
        Little winged children that are not cupids are?
        The large winged creature is called an?
(6) Before we go on our search for winged figures who remembers the museum
    Never touch a work of art
    Stay three (3) feet away from works of art
    Walk at all times. Don't run.
    No yelling.    Be respectful of others in the galleries.
(7) Ready?    Raise your hand if you see a winged figure in a work of art.

Spend 20 minutes touring the galleries before your final stop.

Tour students thru several galleries
Lead students in discussion of images and objects that have angels, putti or cupids and what role or purpose they have in the work.
    Point out the following
        * Galleries #'s 3,4,&6     Angel/cherub musicians    what instruments?
                        Virgin & Child in an Apse
                        The Assumption
                        Madonna & Child in Glory with 6 Angels
                        The Nativity
        * Gallery #8 & 11    Angels as messengers       
The Annunciation
                        The inspiration for the scriptures
        * Gallery #13         Angels as guides        
Lot and his family leaving Sodom
        * Gallery #'s 4    & 7      Angels as helpers or transporters to heaven
                        Assumption of the Virgin       
Ecstasy of St. Paul
        * Gallery # 6         Angels as worshippers
                        Holy Family with a Donor
        * Gallery #'s 7 & 15     Cupid (where is his arrow meant to go)
                        Time Discovering Venus & Mars
                        Madame de Bourbon-Conti
        * Gallery # 15         Putti as decorative elements or helping the gods
                        Juno commands Aeolus to Release Winds

Choose one final painting to spend more time with students for the activity

Suggestions for Final Activity Galleries & Tour Routes

Start    Gallery #13        Lot & His Family Fleeing from Sodom
End     Gallery #1        Triumph of Divine Love

Start    Astor Rooms        To Rubens & others
End    Gallery #6        Rest on the Flight to Egypt

Start    Gallery #4        The Assumption
End    Gallery #13        Lot & His Family Fleeing from Sodom

Start    Gallery #1        Triumph of Divine Love + cornices
End    Gallery #15        Dream of Joseph

Part II - Activity

    To respond to what they have learned about winged figures in art
    To create an original work of art including a winged figure
Materials - Student activity sheet
(1)    We are to look more closely at a work of art with a winged figure
Look quietly and carefully
What type of winged figure is it?
Now you get to think more about this work of art & what it is all about
Get a chance to draw your own winged figure in a work of art.
    10 minutes on each activity - 20 minutes total in last gallery
(2) Pass out first activity sheet, lap boards and pencils
    Work quietly - time to share later
(3)Complete first activity then take sheet of drawing paper & a wing pattern to create own winged figure drawing
(4) Collect supplies - students help.    Share activity sheet results & the art work.

Glossary of Terms

Angel - messenger , a bringer of tidings

Cupid - God of love.    Presence is symbolic.

Putto - Plump, naked young boy - not necessarily winged