Virtual Educator Workshop: Portraits, Identity, and Story


Date and Time

Wednesday, April 26, Wednesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 24, 2023

4–5:30 pm



Online (Zoom)

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Join Met educators for a series of three sessions investigating iconic portraits in The Met collection and exploring the choices artists make when representing themselves and others. The series begins with a close look at Diego Velázquez’s iconic portrait of his enslaved assistant Juan de Pareja, and highlights the subject’s career as an artist in his own right. Each session takes a deep dive into a different portrait to interpret its story and symbolism, while considering the ways artists build narratives that may obscure or omit other truths. Engage in facilitated group discussion about how to extend this conversation in art, history, and English classrooms, reflecting on ways that portraiture can be a vehicle for discussions of identity, narrative, and power. You’ll also receive PDFs of relevant educator resources and links for further study.

Fee: $30 for the series. Note: this live event takes place on Zoom. Space is limited: advance registration is required. Registration closes Monday, April 24, 2023, or when registration is full.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter.

Are you an educator working in a Title I school in New York City? If so, you’re eligible to register for a free educator workshop! To take advantage of this opportunity, select Title I Teacher when you register.

Autogenerated captioning is available.

Image: Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (Spanish, Seville 1599–1660 Madrid). Juan de Pareja (ca. 1608–1670) (detail), 1650. Oil on canvas, 32 x 27 1/2 in. (81.3 x 69.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Fletcher and Rogers Funds, and Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), by exchange, supplemented by gifts from friends of the Museum, 1971 (1971.86) 


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