Write Yourself into History (Three Scenarios)
Knechtel, Nancy, Art Journal
1. Your assignment is to write about how a specific Roman building originally looked and functioned. You will be a Roman citizen (not a slave) describing in a letter to your family in Ostia your experience of either the Forum Romanum, Trajan's Market, the Basilica Ulpia and Trajan's Forum, or the Baths of Caracalla. In addition to your psychic response(s), describe the sights, sounds, and smells of your experience with this place. What does this monument say about Rome? How does it effect your identity as a Roman citizen?
2. Pretend you are living in Florence in the 100s. First, identify yourself in terms of gender, age, class, and vocation. As this persona, write a diary entry about your experience of either Donatello's David (Medici Palace courtyard); his Mary Magdalen (Baptistery); Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise (Baptistery); Masaccio's Holy Trinity with Virgin, St. John, and Two Donors (Santa Maria Novella); his Tribute Money (Brancacci Chapel); or Sandro Botticelli's Primavera (Medici Palace bedroom). …