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Noah's Ark

Malcah Zeldis (American, b. 1931)

Noah's Ark, 1978

  • Oil on canvas
  • 22 x 28 in. (55.9 x 71.1 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of Jay Johnson, 1980-10
  • © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Noah's Ark

CLOSE LOOKING / VISUAL ANALYSIS:

Encourage students to examine this painting carefully:

  • What do you notice in this painting? What figures or objects can you identify? What details stand out?

  • What shapes do you see? What shapes are repeated?

  • Where is your eye drawn? How does the artist draw your attention there?

  • What colors do you see in the painting?

  • What do you think might be happening in this painting? What do you see that makes you say that?




FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:

After giving students an opportunity to examine this painting, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes.

  • Compare the story as depicted in Zeldis’s painting with the story as told in the Book of Genesis. What are the differences? In what ways does the artist insert her own interpretations? What choices does she make?

  • Which parts of the Noah story are being told here? Why might an artist depict several parts of a story at once?

  • How would you depict this story? What part of the story would you show and why?




RESEARCH TOPICS / CONTENT CONNECTIONS:

  • Biblical Stories/Interpreting Texts
  • Religions
  • Folk Art