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The world's greatest paintings

Author: William Kloss; Jaimée M Aigret; Teaching Company.
Publisher: Chantilly, Va. : Teaching Company, ©2010.
Series: Great courses (DVD)., Music & fine arts.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English
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The aim of these lectures is to make viewers feel welcome and comfortable in the company of paintings. By focusing on 65 masterpieces of Western painting, Professor William Kloss offers a vivid, visceral encounter with genius, shining light on the unique technical, stylistic, and expressive achievements of each painting. From the 14th century to the 20th, the images are examined for their qualities of uniqueness,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Instructional films
Educational films
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Named Person: Duccio, di Buoninsegna; Giotto; Masaccio; Piero, della Francesca; Geertgen, tot Sint Jans; Leonardo, da Vinci; Raphael; Michelangelo Buonarroti; Giorgione; Titian; Greco; Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn; Jan van Eyck; Rogier van der Weyden; Andrea Mantegna; Sandro Botticelli; Giovanni Bellini; Albrecht Dürer; Correggio; Matthias Grünewald; Hans Holbein; Pieter Bruegel; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio; Hendrik Terbrugghen; Peter Paul Rubens; Jan Steen; Johannes Vermeer; Diego Velázquez; Frans Hals; Georges du Mesnil de La Tour; Nicolas Poussin; Claude Lorrain; Antoine Watteau; Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin; Giovanni Battista Tiepolo; Thomas Gainsborough; Jacques Louis David; Francisco Goya; Caspar David Friedrich; John Constable; J M W Turner; Eugène Delacroix; Gustave Courbet; Frederic Edwin Church; Claude Monet; James McNeill Whistler; Edgar Degas; Auguste Renoir; John Singer Sargent; Édouard Manet; Georges Seurat; Paul Cézanne; Vincent van Gogh; Winslow Homer; Edvard Munch; Henri Matisse; Egon Schiele; Pablo Picasso; René Magritte; Edward Hopper; Arshile Gorky; Jackson Pollock; Hans Hofmann
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: William Kloss; Jaimée M Aigret; Teaching Company.
ISBN: 1598036599 9781598036596
OCLC Number: 657642326
Notes: Twenty-four lectures, 30 minutes each.
Course guidebook includes professor biography, statement of course scope, lecture outlines and notes, glossary, biographical notes, and bibliography.
Credits: Producer/editor, Jaimee M. Aigret ; content supervisor, Pamela Greer ; directors, Jonathan Leven, Wendy Scarbrough ; camera, Jim M. Allen, Alexis Doty, Robert Evans, Daniel Bloom.
Cast: Professor William Kloss, independent art historian, The Smithsonian Associates, Smithsonian Institution.
Description: 4 videodiscs (720 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (vi, 97 p. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD, NTSC.
Contents: Disc 1. Greatness in painting ; Majesty of Duccio and Giotto ; Acts of faith : Masaccio, Van Eyck, Van der Weyden ; The Diversity of Piero, Mantegna, Botticelli ; Devotion of Bellini, Geertgen, Dürer ; Masterworks by Leonardo, Raphael, Correggio --
Disc 2. Great ensembles : Michelangelo and Grünewald ; Ideal and real : Giorgione, Titian, Holbein ; Living and dying : Bruegel, El Greco, Caravaggio ; Life stories by Ter Brugghen, Rubens, Steen ; Inside Vermeer, Velázquez, Rembrandt ; Spirit and thought: Hals, Rembrandt, La Tour --
Disc 3. Serenity of Poussin, Claude, Watteau ; In contrast : Chardin, Tiepolo, Gainsborough ; Dark images of David, Goya, Friedrich ; Worlds of Constable, Turner, Delacroix ; Dark to bright : Courbet, Church, Monet ; Alone and together : Whistler, Degas, Renoir --
Disc 4. Unlike any other : Sargent, Manet, Seurat ; Close observation : Cézanne, Van Gogh, Homer ; Human condition : Munch, Matisse, Schiele ; Art in time of war : Monet and Picasso ; Time and memory : Magritte, Hopper, Gorky ; Expressive abstractions : Pollock and Hofmann.
Series Title: Great courses (DVD)., Music & fine arts.
Responsibility: the Teaching Company.

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The aim of these lectures is to make viewers feel welcome and comfortable in the company of paintings. By focusing on 65 masterpieces of Western painting, Professor William Kloss offers a vivid, visceral encounter with genius, shining light on the unique technical, stylistic, and expressive achievements of each painting. From the 14th century to the 20th, the images are examined for their qualities of uniqueness, impact, and emotional and intellectual resonance. The lectures are arranged chronologically, showing what painters of contrasting traditions and cultures were doing in the same period, thus following the progressive unfolding of each painter's art. These lectures open rich perspectives on Western civilization through encounters with some of the most significant, daring, and sublime paintings in Western art.

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