Q2 - Empathy Development
January Content Focus
Melancholy by Albert György is a copper sculpture depicting the result of grief and suffering. The most famous of these sculptures can be found at Lake Geneva, Switzerland (shown below left).
We will be using the digitally altered version (bottom middle) to minimize visual distractions and draw greater focus to the sculpture itself. In addition, following the lesson, you could show students the image of Albert sitting beside Melancholy to provide a deeper understanding of scale and viewer engagement with the piece.
In this lesson students will deepen their understanding of empathy as they explore how a copper sculpture by Albert György. Melancholy can relate back to personal challenges of immigration, discrimination, or the loss of a home or loved one. Additionally, this modern day artwork shares a strong resemblance to the "buddy bench" at your school.