From Museum docent Carl Becker: On a recent “Weather and Seasons” tour with fourth graders, we stopped in front of The Two Majesties to discuss the painting and the North African desert location. I asked the children how they would feel in the environment depicted in the painting.
“How would you feel if you were standing in this picture?”
I received the usual responses: warm, hot, dry, etc. Then one young man responded, “I would feel afraid.”
“Afraid? Why would you feel afraid?”
“Because I would be standing next to a lion.”