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Briana Zavadil White, school and teacher program coordinator at the National Portrait Gallery, demonstrates the Compare and Contrast strategy for exploring portraiture. The Compare and Contrast looking strategy allows students to discover the similarities and differences between two portraits of the same individual. When looking closely at these two portraits of Pocahontas, students can determine which of these portraits was created from life, and which one is based from the other. The Compare and Contrast strategy also works well when comparing the likeness of an individual over time, and considering what has occurred during the years of the portraits.


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