Smithsonian American Art Museum:The Headless Horseman

Get into the spirit! The Halloween spirit that is. Pair the reading of Washington Irving's delighfully scary tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" with fine art - John Quidor's "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane." Using the rollovers provided with the artwork, analyze how the painter portrayed the writer's words and discuss whether Quidor was successful in representing the meaning and the mood that Irving created in his story. What does a study of the painting add to an understanding of the text? Are there ways in which pairing the painting and the story detract from the effect of the story on its own? Using this site, students can examine ways in which pictures are text and can sometimes tell stories.

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