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Art History

Witness Artistic Genius Across the Ages

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  1. The Guide to Essential Italy

    The Guide to Essential Italy

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (60)
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $429.95 $349.95$429.95
    Italy is the quintessential location for anyone interested in art, culture, and history. In collaboration with the Smithsonian, we bring you the exceptional gems and daily life of Italy’s past and present in a visually stunning tour. Explore Rome, Florence, and Venice—and take side trips to Pompeii, Perugia, and more. Visit important monuments, witness artistic masterpieces, and immerse yourself in Italian...
  2. How to Look at and Understand Great Art

    How to Look at and Understand Great Art

    Sharon Latchaw Hirsh
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (98)
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $429.95 $349.95$429.95
    The 36 richly illustrated lectures of How to Look at and Understand Great Art take you on an in-depth exploration of the practical skill of viewing art through the lenses of line, light, perspective, composition, and other crucial elements. Using timeless masterpieces of Western art as well as hands-on studio demonstrations, Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh gives you the specific visual and interpretive knowledge you...
  3. A History of European Art

    A History of European Art

    William Kloss
    4.7 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (113)
    Starting at $435.95 Starting at $435.95 $599.95 $435.95$599.95
    The development of the arts in Europe from the Middle Ages to the modern era is an astonishing record of cultural achievement, from the breathtaking architecture of Gothic cathedrals to the daring visual experiments of the Cubist painters. A History of European Art is your gateway to this visually stunning story. In 48 beautifully illustrated lectures you will encounter all the landmarks you would expect to find in...
  4. The World's Greatest Churches Sale

    The World's Greatest Churches

    William R. Cook
    4.8 out of 5
    96% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (50)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $74.95 $84.95 $74.95$84.95
    The great churches represent some of the world’s most stunning masterpieces of architecture, art, and faith. In The World’s Greatest Churches, go on a guided tour of the most outstanding, memorable, and meaningful churches in the world. Lavishly illustrated with breathtaking photos, detailed floor plans, and 3-D models, these lectures take you deeply into Christianity through its most important buildings.
  5. Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Richard Brettell
    4.3 out of 5
    71% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (90)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $229.95 $149.95$229.95
    Expert art critic Richard Brettell takes you on an unforgettable journey through one of the world's greatest art museums in Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre. This course provides a fascinating overview of the Louvre's colorful history as royal palace, art academy, and national showcase. But the main focus of these richly illustrated lectures are some of the beautiful examples from the museum's remarkable collection...
  6. Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    William Kloss
    5 out of 5
    81% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (58)
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $429.95 $349.95$429.95
    No era of artistic achievement is as renowned as the Renaissance, and no country holds a higher place in it than Italy. In this course you experience supreme artworks created in Florence, Rome, Venice, and other Italian cities by such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian—unequaled masterpieces that established a canon of beauty that pervades Western culture to this day....
  7. World's Greatest Paintings Sale

    World's Greatest Paintings

    William Kloss
    4.9 out of 5
    93% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (80)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $74.95 $84.95 $74.95$84.95
    Embark on a compelling tour of some of the most significant paintings in Western art with the 24 richly illustrated lectures of The World's Greatest Paintings. Distinguished art historian and Professor William Kloss reveals a group of works that span the 14th century to the 20th and that—in his expert judgment—rank among the greatest paintings ever made. As you explore one of the supreme legacies of human life,...
  8. From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    Richard Brettell
    4.7 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (83)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $299.95 $249.95$299.95
    With Professor Richard Brettell as your expert curator and guide, this course creates a vivid "virtual" museum through which to appreciate the genius and enduring accomplishments of the men and women who, in a few short decades, forever changed the art of painting. Enjoy the style, subject, and function of Impressionist painting by artists such as Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh....
  9. Art across the Ages

    Art across the Ages

    Ori Z. Soltes
    4.4 out of 5
    62% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (45)
    Starting at $599.95 Starting at $599.95 $599.95 $599.95$599.95
    In Art across the Ages, Professor Ori Z. Soltes has crafted a course in Western visual art that serves as both a mind-broadening survey and an essential introduction. It is designed to give anyone interested in Western art a firm familiarity with its basics, acquainting you with major artists and styles in various media and providing a broad foundation for deeper exploration. By giving you a ready grasp of the...
  10. Art of the Northern Renaissance

    Art of the Northern Renaissance

    Catherine B. Scallen
    4.6 out of 5
    70% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (48)
    Starting at $429.95 Starting at $429.95 $429.95 $429.95$429.95
    The term “the Renaissance” is associated with the artistic bounty of Italy—but the massive cultural transformations remaking the world were affecting art throughout northern Europe as well. In The Art of the Northern Renaissance, Professor Catherine Scallen leads an intensely visual exploration using more than 300 images—paintings, woodcuts, engravings, etchings, sculptures, drawings—by well-known artists...
  11. The Cathedral Sale

    The Cathedral

    William R. Cook
    4.8 out of 5
    93% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (100)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $74.95 $84.95 $74.95$84.95
    Tour the world's most captivating cathedrals from the comfort of your own home with these 24 lavishly illustrated lectures by Professor William R. Cook. An exciting, immersive, and multidimensional learning experience, The Cathedral brings you closer to cathedrals like Notre Dame in Paris and those in Amiens, Chartres, and Canterbury than any on-site tour could hope to do. With high-definition 3-D modeling and...
  12. Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance Sale

    Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance

    George R. Bent
    4.8 out of 5
    97% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (37)
    Save up to $310.00 Starting at $104.95 $119.95 $104.95$119.95
    Explore the life and times of the man whose name is synonymous with inventiveness, curiosity, and creative genius. In Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance, taught by art historian and Professor George R. Bent, you’ll take a powerful and engrossing look at this grand master, the intriguing world he inhabited and shaped, and the legacies he left behind for us. These visually rich 36 lectures will give...
  13. Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity

    Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity

    Stephen Ressler
    5 out of 5
    98% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (259)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $299.95 $249.95$299.95
    Experience the engineering genius that makes works such as the Giza pyramids, Brunelleschi's dome, and the Brooklyn Bridge possible with Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity. Delivered by award-winning Professor Stephen Ressler, these 24 lectures take you on a richly illustrated tour that deftly blends history and science to create an unforgettable survey...
  14. Genius of Michelangelo

    Genius of Michelangelo

    William E. Wallace
    5 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (55)
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $429.95 $349.95$429.95
    In The Genius of Michelangelo, internationally recognized Michelangelo expert and award-winning Professor of Art History William E. Wallace gives you a comprehensive perspective on one of history's greatest artists. Drawing on a vast command of artistic knowledge and period detail, these 36 intellectually rewarding and visually dazzling lectures explore the relationship between truth and legend to reveal a...
  15. Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

    Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

    William Kloss
    4.9 out of 5
    77% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (49)
    Starting at $429.95 Starting at $429.95 $429.95 $429.95$429.95
    Holland in the 17th century was home to the most remarkable concentration of artistic talent in modern history, including masters such as Hals, Vermeer, and-of course-Rembrandt. Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt introduces you to this important period in art history. Professor William Kloss, an independent art historian with the Smithsonian Institution, guides you through the work of more than 100 artists and more...
  16. 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World Sale

    30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World

    Diana K. McDonald
    3.9 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (33)
    Save up to $310.00 Starting at $104.95 $119.95 $104.95$119.95
    30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World offers you what few art history courses do, even in our top universities—a broad and comprehensive survey of art in the ancient world. Over the course of 36 fascinating lectures, Professor Diana Krumholz McDonald, an expert in ancient art history and an esteemed lecturer and scholar, takes you on a grand journey around the world to see some of the greatest works of art ever...
  17. Physics of History Sale

    Physics of History

    David J. Helfand
    4.5 out of 5
    88% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (53)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $84.95 $84.95 $84.95$84.95
    With recent developments in technology, scientists can now use physics to explore intimate details about history, from the rise and fall of preliterate societies to the origins of the solar system. The Physics of History, taught by award-winning Professor David J. Helfand of Columbia University, gives you the background you need to understand how scientists know what they do about the past. These 24 richly...
  18. Masterworks of American Art

    Masterworks of American Art

    William Kloss
    5 out of 5
    100% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (40)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $299.95 $249.95$299.95
    What makes a work of art "American”? How do some of our country's greatest paintings depict its rich history? Explore these and other illuminating questions in Masterworks of American Art, taught by acclaimed art historian and Professor William Kloss. This sweeping 24-lecture survey shows you how brilliant artists including Benjamin West, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer helped create a rich portrait of American...
  19. Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Richard Brettell
    4.5 out of 5
    73% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (63)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $299.95 $249.95$299.95
    No other museum covers the history of humanity and its achievements as thoroughly as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In these 24 visually rich, half-hour lectures, Professor Richard Brettell takes you through The Metropolitan Museum of Art from front to back, from bottom to top, introducing practically every department in the museum. Each is a museum unto its own, representing one of the world’s...
  20. Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London

    Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London

    Catherine B. Scallen
    3.8 out of 5
    76% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (30)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $299.95 $249.95$299.95
    Of all the world's great art museums, the National Gallery, London, is the only place where you can truly grasp the breathtaking scope of European painting from the late medieval period through the 19th century. Take a virtual tour of this world-class collection in Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London. In 24 fascinating lectures, noted art scholar Professor Catherine B. Scallen provides a memorable...