Botticelli’s Primavera

Digital Story Title: Botticelli’s Primavera: A Why Done It Mystery

Brief description:

This DST looks at popular interpretations of Botticelli’s Primavera by art historians, while examining the topic of what makes someone a subject matter expert. The platform for this DST is a Why Done It court case in which the experts take the stand, and the counsel asks the question, “How do we know what we know?” and “What makes a person an expert?” The DST concludes with the jury stating their ruling on the case.

Main goal(s):

  • To provide an introductory level awareness of the popularly accepted interpretations of Botticelli’s Primavera.
  • To introduce/educate viewers on what makes a person/art historian an expert.
  • To introduce/educate viewers on how art historians come up with their theories/hypothesizes about art.
  • To empower viewers to conduct their own investigations into works of art.

Who is your intended audience? (e.g., colleagues, historians, art historians, the general public, high school history students, middle school music students, art students. . . )

Since this DST presents an introductory level of information, it would work best for general audiences, such as in a museum setting as part of an exhibit on Botticelli.  It could also be used as an educational resource for educators introducing middle school/high school students to the study of art history.

Category: Final Summary
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