Analytic Techniques IV: Interpreting an Image

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60 lire Black Madonna of Czestochowa single
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25 lire St. Bartholomew and Church of Grottaferrata single
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25 lire Pope Leo I Remonstrating with Attila the Hun single

Chosen Topic: “Explain the role of the pope through three stamps.” By studying stamps during Pope Pius XII's time, students will understand his mission as a pope.

Analytic Techniques:

  • Read the story of Pius XII
  • Look at each stamp. What are the subject matters represented?
  • How does it reflect the role of Pope Pius XII?
  • What is Pope Pius XII renowned for during his time?
  • Why are the subject matters so important that they need to be incorporated in stamps?
  • What is the context of his life?