American Art History Visual and Social History of c Cemeteries and Gravestone Carving
Note and discuss the visual and social history of cemeteries and gravestone carving. Gravestones form an important
visual record of the changing attitudes towards death.
Choose three of the gravestones in the PowerPoint, all photographed at a cemetery in Concord, MA.
Compare and contrast the three gravestones, considering both the aesthetics of the carving choices, and the
context and content of the imagoes.
What can studying these images tell us about people of those times? How do these compare to more modern
gravestones or memorials? If you live near a cemetery with gravestones old enough to have visual imagery, as in pre-20th century
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