This Powerpoint allows students to experience the power and meaning of allusions through interacting with famous art. John Stanhope and Peter Bruegel paintings reference famous texts, and this Powerpoints provides great visuals for the students to analyze, adding in layers and layers of allusions. The final slide asks them to consider WHY an artist might use an allusion in his/her work, generating higher level thinking about what these references to famous people, places, art and texts might create.
This Powerpoint is appropriate for secondary classrooms, both visual and literary arts. It asks students to consider aspects of famous paintings, poems and plays in light of their relationship with each other. They look at a poem by W. H. Auden, then discuss the myth referenced and then finally see the classic painting that inspired the painting. Students love this activity and it captures not just what allusions are but what allusions lend to interpretation.