Today we discussed one of the most famous art thefts in history, the robbery of 13 masterpieices from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. We used this to discuss art, painting, and the famous theft.
In class we used a fantastic online exhibit to explore the museum and the stolen work. Check it out here online.
To practice your listening skills, learners can try an activity and quiz about Rembrandt or listen to a biography of Isabella Stewart Gardner.
For original version, check out this fascinating radio story about a detective who tracks down stolen art or listen to a podcast that covers the Gardner Heist.
Learners can try a reading comprehension activity about a stolen Picasso in Brazil.
For original version reading, check out an interactive about the most famous art heists in history or the FBI's website about how they handle art theft.
You have a few options this week for writing. You could write about the Gardner theft and what you think happened. Where did the robbers take the paintings? What did they do with them? Use your imagination and be descriptive.
Or you can describe a famous painting. Check out Google's Art Project which allows you to explore museums from around the world.
FYI, here's a follow-up about Dzhokar Tsarnaev (the Boston Bomber we talked about a few weeks ago). Last Friday he was sentenced to the death penalty. You can find more information here.