Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre
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Palace to Museum-The Story of the Louvre
1: 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
2: 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
3: 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
4: 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
5: 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
6: 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
7: 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
8: 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
9: 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
Richard Brettell

Great works of art communicate across time, and there are places in the Met where you're looking at something, something that was made 2,000 years before Christ in the ancient Near East, and you're looking into the eyes of somebody.

ALMA MATER

Yale University

INSTITUTION

The University of Texas, Dallas

About Richard Brettell

Dr. Richard Brettell is the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Professor of Art and Aesthetics at The University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. 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 has 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 includes 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 has given scholarly lectures at numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art, and has written over 25 books, including 19th and 20th Century European Drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection and Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890.

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