The Power of Paintings on Stone
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New May 2022! The exhibition Paintings on Stone: Science and the Sacred 1530–1800 is the first systematic examination of this unique and little-studied artistic practice that could be found across Europe for almost 300 years. It all started with the Saint Louis Art Museum acquiring a small oval painting on lapis lazuli in the year 2000, and it lead to 15 years of research by Judith Mann, the museum’s Senior Curator for European Art to 1800. Hear directly from the curator as she guides you through the exhibit and provides historic and artistic perspective.

Type of Video: Tour*
Unique Video ID: DVisual Arts-367**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video as part of your art history study. Were students aware of such paintings before viewing the video? What is student response to the paintings? How do the paintings provide insight in to the time they were painted and the place religion held in people’s lives?
  • Have students paint on stone. What unique challenges are created by the surface? How do the students respond to them?


*Tours take students to laboratories, studios, workspaces, museums and other diverse “in the field” and community locations related to the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.