PBS LearningMedia has thousands of images from the Bridgeman Art Library, one of the largest archives of historical art images in the world. These resources spark interest in works of art and can strengthen cross-curricular learning. In honor of Independence Day, take a quick look at Bridgeman Art Library paintings that illuminate fireworks displays. Collect images to use with students to ignite a discussion about how different cultures use fireworks displays for celebrations. Register for a free PBS LearningMedia account for full access to thousands more media resources.
Thomas, Antoine Jean-Baptiste (1791-1834); French. Medium: colour engraving. Date: 19th Century. Provenance: Museo di Roma, Rome, Italy / Giraudon.
A Fireworks Display
Carmichael, John Wilson (1800-68). English. Medium: watercolour on paper. Date: 19th Century.
Fire, detail of fireworks, c.1640-41
Deruet, Claude (1588-1662); French. Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 17th Century.