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Title:
Museum masterpieces the Louvre
Publication Information:
Chantilly, Va. : Teaching Co., c2006.
ISBN:
9781598032192

9781598032116
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook ([2], iv, 102 p. ; 19 cm.)
System Details:
DVD.
Series:
Great courses. Fine arts & music
Language:
English
General Note:
Teaching Company: 7175.

Consists of 12 lectures; each is 30 minutes.

Course guidebook includes professor biography, statement of course scope, lecture outlines and notes, timelines, glossary, and biographical notes.
Contents:
Disc 1. Lecture 1. Palace to museum: the story of the Louvre ; Lecture 2. Leonardo and the origins of the collection ; Lecture 3. Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting ; Lecture 4. Spanish School of painting ; Lecture 5. Rubens and Flemish painting, early German ; Lecture 6. Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Dutch painting.

Disc 2. Lecture 7. De la Tour, Le Nain, and 17th Century painting ; Lecture 8. Claude and Poussin: French painters in Rome ; Lecture 9. Watteau and Chardin ; Lecture 10. Boucher, Fragonard, and the Rococo in France ; Lecture 11. Jacques-Louis David and his school ; Lecture 12. Delacroix and Ingres: the great dialectic.
Abstract:
This series of lectures introduces the greatest of universal museums. Its aim is not comprehensive. The focus is narrowed to the Department of Paintings, which is responsible for European paintings from the Middle Ages until the mid-19th century. These works of art form an encyclopedic summary of the achievements of painters that can be called the single most important such collection in the world. The aim of these lectures is to both prepare new viewers for a visit and to be a "study aid" for those who have been and gone before. Critic and historian Richard Brettell begins with an overview of the Louvre's colorful history as royal palace, art academy, and national showcase. The lectures explore some of the most beautiful and renowned examples of European painting, including masterworks by Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Watteau, Rubens and Vermeer.
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Audiovisual 708.4 MUSEUM LOUVRE 1 .CIRCNOTE. 2 videodiscs; 2 book(pbk.)
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DVD 708.4 MUS 1 .CIRCNOTE. *****2 DVD'S, 1 BOOKLET*****
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DVD N2030.A6B74 2006 1 .CIRCNOTE. 2 DVDS
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Summary

Do you dream of exploring the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum in Paris? Expert art critic and historian Richard Brettell takes you on an unforgettable journey through one of the world's greatest museums. This 12-lecture series begins with an overview of the Louvre's colorful history as royal palace, art academy, and national showcase.


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Library Journal Review

These two DVD programs take on the daunting task of making the art of the Louvre accessible to the general public. Museum Masterpieces is, perhaps, the perfect introduction to this cultural icon. After a brief history of Paris's extraordinary art museum, professor Richard Brettell (Univ. of Texas, Dallas) presents one of the seven curatorial departments of the Louvre-the Department of Paintings, which houses European painting from the Middle Ages through the mid-19th century. Using different major artwork as the centerpiece for each of his 11 lectures, Brettel engages his audience with a thoughtful analysis of the painting at hand (starting with Leonardo's Mona Lisa) and the cultural and aesthetic context in which it was created. There is also useful discussion of patrons, painters, and the public. After subsequent lectures on European paintings of the Italian Renaissance, the Spanish School, Flemish painting, and Dutch painting, the remaining six talks focus on great French painters from the 17th to the 19th century. The reproductions are of extremely high quality and supplemented with background paintings and images that establish the context of their Louvre environment. Equally important to the Louvre's collection are the extraordinary sculpture galleries that house classics of antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and modern times. Although less scholarly and with a less interesting and less engaging narrative than Museum Masterpieces, Sculptures of the Louvre is, nevertheless, a nice complement as it introduces the viewer to such classics as Michaelangelo's Slaves, the Venus de Milo, Cupid and Psyche, and other important sculptural treasures. Both programs will be of interest to art library collections for the general public as well as for serious art students.-Herbert E. Shapiro, Empire State Coll., SUNY-Rochester (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.