On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Horizon students were able to take a memorable trip the Cleveland Art Museum. Students were able to revisit artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Byzantine Empire. In addition, they were able to build on the foundation of modern world history which picks up with Renaissance art. One of the most memorable artifacts was seeing the actual rug that was in King Louis XVs library in the Palace of Versailles. Our students just finished studyig the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, during which King Louis XVI was assassinated via the guillotine. Many students were astonished that he very well may have played on that carpet as a child, bringing history to life in front of their eyes.
Final note, they were able to explore surrealism, specifically pieces by Pablo Picasso and Salvadore Dali, as a preview to the surrealist movement in art which we will cover in the 1920s, following WWI. Overall, the trip was a wonderful opportunity to observe and relate the impact of art on world history, ancient and modern.