Discussion – Interdisciplinary Works

Required ResourcesRead/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 15
  • Text book – Martin, F. D., Jacobus, L. (2014). Humanities through the Arts. McGraw-Hill Education
  • Minimum of 1 primary source (from artist)
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source

Initial Post InstructionsFor the initial post, select and address one of the following options:

Option 1: Choose a work to discuss from one genre that interprets a work from another genre.

  • Include the title, artist, and description of both works.
  • Examine how the artist of the second work captured the subject or story of the first.
  • Support your point(s) with a statement from the second artist that discusses the influence, reasoning, or interpretation of the original work on the second work.

Click on the following link for examples:



  • You could choose a specific artwork influenced by a literary work and how the artist captured the subject or story. (Examples: Salvador Dali’s Mad Tea Party and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland; Pablo Picasso’s Don Quixote and Cervantes’s Don Quixote de la Mancha) 
  • You could choose a literary work influenced by an artwork and how the author captured the story. (Examples: Picasso’s The Old Guitarist and Wallace Steven’s “The Man with the Blue Guitar”; Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Anne Sexton’s “The Starry Night”)


Option 2: Choose a work of art from any genre that depicts or tells the story of a real life event from any time period, such as The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804 by Jacques Louis David.

  • Include the title and the artist and some background of the event.
  • What is the relationship between the work of art and the event?
  • Did the artist depict the event accurately?
  • Does the artist make changes regarding the event? If so, why do you think the artist made these changes?
  • Examine the artist’s message in the depiction.
  • Support your point(s) with a statement from the artist.

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