A Masterwork of Byzantine Art—The David Plates: The Story of David and Goliath


A Masterwork of Byzantine Art
The David Plates: The Story of David and Goliath

Esther M. Morales, Michael B. Norris, Alice W. Schwarz, and Edith W. Watts

The first in the "A Closer Look" series of learning-activity sets focusing on a particular work of art, this resource encourages young people and adults to look more closely at the Museum's spectacular set of Byzantine silver objects, known as the David Plates. It provides an in-depth exploration of the plates, including their subject—the biblical story of David and Goliath—and essential background information about the culture in which they were made. Also included are maps, teaching strategies, activities for students, a list of key words, and a bibliography.

This learning activity is made possible through the generous support of Mary and Michael Jaharis.

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