Using Star Wars to teach Art History?


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As I downloaded the iPad app of Angry Birds Star Wars last night, I thought “wouldn’t it be cool if I could use Star Wars characters to help get kids interested in art history?” It seems that I’m not the first to think of using Star Wars characters in art historical modes, as evidenced by John Mattos‘ awesome reinterpretation of Marcel Duchamp’s masterpiece Nude Descending a Staircase, using C-3PO.

using Star Wars' C-3PO as Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, by John Mattos

Then I thought, maybe I can make up my own Star Wars character in a famous painting, and thought of Princess Leia as Mona Lisa … but then found that someone had already done that (below left, artist unknown). I’ve also been scooped on using Darth Vader, as I found him in a version of Leonardo’s Last Supper and as a replacement for George Washington in a take-off on George Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emmanuel Leutze (1851). Oh well, even though I didn’t come up with them myself, they’re still fun to see.

Princess Leia as Mona Lisa, and Darth Vader in the Last Supper and as George Washington

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