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Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

Take a dazzling virtual tour through the Louvre's remarkable collection of European paintings from the late medieval period through the early 19th century.
Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 125.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Course for the Aspiring Art Enthusiast. I greatly enjoyed this course and benefited from it immensely. As someone recently delving into Art History for personal enjoyment I found the pace to be vigorous and just about right. I thought the Professor was very articulate and interesting. This course is an excellent accompaniment to the other Art Appreciation courses by The Great Courses (now Wondrium), which are all excellent.
Date published: 2021-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More! It would be good to see another series with subsequent artists.
Date published: 2021-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Less is More The lectures are informative and well presented. However this viewer felt bogged down by too much attention and too many words given to the viewed paintings. Added to it has been the predilection of the lecturer to present paintings that qualify in the German language as "Shinken" - huge, crowded, vacuous and fleshy - the kind of painting this visitor usually passes by in a hurry. In short a good moto when looking at art is: less is more.
Date published: 2021-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Limited lectures The lectures were informative but not as I'd hoped. There was too much talking and too little seeing. Also, I thought Professor Brettell's style quite aggressive, and rather too focused on history rather than the painting being shown,
Date published: 2021-05-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre Course No. 7175 Pr Although academically skilled, Professor Bretell lapsed into wordy, effete descriptions and name dropping, choosing historical trivia for his focus rather than the qualities of the art pieces themselves. In the process, he emphasized how impossible it was to understand these pieces, thus wasting time in helping us actually understanding the art.
Date published: 2020-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exemplary presentations I wish I had taken this course prior to my trip to the Louvre. The lecturer was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject. The material unfortunately ends at the middle of the 19th century. Regardless, it was an exceptional couse.
Date published: 2020-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a magical experience Run, don't walk, to get this series of lectures. A walk through the Louvre with Professor Brettell is surely the next best thing to being there. I cannot recommend this wonderful course too highly.
Date published: 2020-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pictures of great art. I purchased "The Louvre" to learn more about the museum itself and the works of art that it holds. The lectures are lucid and well presented. The photos of the collection are, obviously, the main focus of the course. What sometimes is lacking is a view of the presentation of the works. An example is the Mona Lisa as it hangs in its gallery, shown below. OVerall, the course is both enlightening and enjoyable.
Date published: 2020-06-18
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Overview

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 of European paintings from the late medieval period through the early 19th century. Whether you're an art novice or an expert, you'll find something that will enlighten and surprise you about this acclaimed institution.

About

Richard Brettell
Richard Brettell

Great works of art communicate across time.

INSTITUTION

The University of Texas, Dallas

Richard Brettell (1949–2020) was the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Professor of Art and Aesthetics at The University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his BA, MA, and PhD from Yale University. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Dallas, Professor Brettell taught at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Yale University, and Harvard University. Professor Brettell was the founding American director of the French Regional and American Museum Exchange, designed to promote the exchange of art and information between regional museums in France and the United States. He served as the McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and advised and consulted for museums such as the Portland Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. His museum exhibition work included Monet in Normandy (for the de Young Museum in San Francisco) and The Impressionist in the City: Pissarro’s Series (for the Dallas Museum of Art). He gave scholarly lectures at numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art, and he wrote more than 25 books, including Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European Drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection and Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860–1890.

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Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre
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Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

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Palace to Museum-The Story of the Louvre

01: Palace to Museum-The Story of the Louvre

This lecture provides an overview of the history of the Louvre, describes the layout of the building, and offers tips and strategies for making the most of a visit to this remarkable museum.

34 min
Leonardo and the Origins of the Collection

02: Leonardo and the Origins of the Collection

Francis I sparked an artistic revolution in the 16th century by attracting Leonardo da Vinci to France and creating a rivalry between French and Italian art. Leonardo's La Joconde (The Mona Lisa) serves as the anchor for a lecture exploring works by Italian painters, including Raphael, as well as earlier French painters....

31 min
Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting

03: Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting

This lecture explores the Louvre's immense collection of Italian painting dating from the medieval period through the early 17th century. Featured works include altarpieces and portraits by masters of the High Renaissance and Baroque era in Italy including Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, and Andrea Mantegna, as well as the religious and secular works by the mercurial Caravaggio.

33 min
Spanish School of Painting

04: Spanish School of Painting

The Louvre's collection of Spanish paintings is small but contains some fine examples that were highly influential on later French painting. Jusepe Ribera's Clubfooted Boy serves as the featured masterpiece for the lecture, leading to a discussion of selected Spanish painters from the deeply religious images of El Greco to the court portraits of Goya....

30 min
Rubens and Flemish Painting; Early German

05: Rubens and Flemish Painting; Early German

From the Rubens's immense canvas of The Apotheosis of Henry IV to Quentin Metsys's precise, quotidian portrait, The Moneylender and His Wife, this lecture surveys the Louvre's remarkable collection of paintings by Flemish and German artists....

32 min
Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Dutch Painting

06: Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Dutch Painting

This lecture discusses the major paintings in the collection by the three greatest Dutch artists of the 17th century-Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer-and explores the French interest in miniature Dutch cabinet pictures (Little Masters)....

31 min
De La Tour, Le Nain, and 17th-century Painting

07: De La Tour, Le Nain, and 17th-century Painting

This lecture initiates a broad survey of French painters that serves as the focus for the remainder of the course. De la Tour and the Le Nain brothers represent an original and indigenous style of French painting, which is contrasted to contemporary artists trained in Italy and the north.

31 min
Claude and Poussin-French Painters in Rome

08: Claude and Poussin-French Painters in Rome

The Grand Siecle (great century) of French painting-the 17th century-is represented by the works of two startlingly different artists: the intellectual painter Nicolas Poussin and the artist of tranquil landscapes, Claude Lorrain....

32 min
Watteau and Chardin

09: Watteau and Chardin

This lecture explores the state of French painting at the end of the reign of Louis XIV by contrasting the styles of two geniuses: the delicate, melancholy of Jean-Antoine Watteau and the earthy clarity of Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin.

31 min
Boucher, Fragonard, and the Rococo in France

10: Boucher, Fragonard, and the Rococo in France

Jean-Honore Fragonard's vigorous operatic painting and Boucher's delicate sensuality offer two versions of French Rococo painting and are contrasted to the classically inspired moralism of Greuze and their contemporaries.

32 min
Jacques-Louis David and His School

11: Jacques-Louis David and His School

As a painter who started his career in the final salons of the Ancien Regime to become the premier artist of the French Revolution, Jacque-Louis David embodied the social and political transformations of his time....

32 min
Delacroix and Ingres-The Great Dialectic

12: Delacroix and Ingres-The Great Dialectic

The course concludes with an examination of two contrasting style of early 19th-century art, as seen in the works of Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

34 min