Part of the French National Library's website, Le Portrait is an extremely comprehensive study of the portrait in photography, painting, and literature. The history of the portrait, writings of master portrait artists on the subject, and a staggering number of visual images make this module a versatile tool for teaching and learning French language and culture.
Type of Material:
A self-contained presentation on the portrait.
This module may be used in a variety of ways, depending on the language proficiency of the user. The self-directed learner of intermediate or advanced proficiency in French can work independently through the whole module.
The Galeries de portraits can be used at the most basic levels when projected on a large screen and described by the instructor appropriately.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The user will learn about the art of portraiture in depth. Students of French language and culture will improve reading proficiency and cultural awareness.
Target Student Population:
In terms of the textual information, intermediate and advanced students of French will benefit most. For the visual images, all levels will benefit.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Intermediate to advanced French language proficiency for text. No prerequisite knowledge for appreciation of portraits.
The exhaustive treatment of various aspects of portraiture makes this a great learning resource. The page L'Art du Portrait begins the exploration with a looping slide show of portraits of all kinds. To the right of this slide show, the user can read Etienne Souriau's definition of the portrait in the Vocabulaire esthetique. The sub-pages "mots et images" allow the user to question and enlarge his/her vision of what constitutes a portrait.
Images are accompanied by questions on such topics as the difference between portrait and caricature, the extent to which portraits should resemble their subjects, and the like. This site provides excellent historical background and impressive visual support.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Simply by using the Galeries des portraits, an instructor of French can invigorate his/her presentation of parts of the body and physical descriptions. The photographs of famous and historic figures can be used to spark cultural discussions. At a more advanced level, the portraits on the site can be used to support writing assignments, particularly as students attempt to inject more physical detail in their L2 writing. There is a wealth of cultural information in this site that can be profitably used in French History and Civilization lessons.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is well organized and easily navigated. A particularly attractive feature is the use of thumbnails in the Galerie that enlarge with a click. The visuals and the formats in which they appear are stunning.
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