How many words is a painting worth?
Descriptions of paintings can be used for…
- Moments of recognition – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Strategy – Thrawn in Rebels & the novelisations
- Symbols of the self – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Communing with the dead – My Last Duchess by Robert Browning
- Developing the character of the painter – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Developing the character of the model – The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
- Developing occupations – A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
- Setting the (internal and external) scene – To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- Revealing secret symbols – every Dan Brown book ever?
- Introducing clues – By The Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
- Relating historical events – The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
- Concealing a safe or doorway – every other mystery novel, and Harry Potter
- Uncanny occurrences & obsessions – The Mezzotint by M.R. James
… or any use you put them to!
Practice painting with words in this worksheet.
P.S. Literature that describes a work of art is termed, ‘ekphrastic’.
P.P.S. Although this worksheet focuses on painting, you can also use it to explore photographs, murals, sculpture, surface design, or other forms of visual art, too.
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