How to Look at and Understand Great Art

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How to Look at and Understand Great Art

2011

Great art is among the most sublime, meaningful, and redeeming creations of all civilization. Few endeavors can equal the power of great artwork to capture aesthetic beauty, to move and inspire, to change your perceptions, and...

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Director
Sharon Latchaw Hirsh

In This Series

The Importance of First Impressions
Episode 1
The Importance of First Impressions
Where Am I? Point of View and Focal Point
Episode 2
Where Am I? Point of View and Focal Point
Color - Description, Symbol, and More
Episode 3
Color - Description, Symbol, and More
Line - Description and Expression
Episode 4
Line - Description and Expression
Space, Shape, Shade, and Shadow
Episode 5
Space, Shape, Shade, and Shadow
Seeing the Big Picture - Composition
Episode 6
Seeing the Big Picture - Composition
The Illusion - Getting the Right Perspective
Episode 7
The Illusion - Getting the Right Perspective
Art That Moves Us - Time and Motion
Episode 8
Art That Moves Us - Time and Motion
Feeling with Our Eyes - Texture and Light
Episode 9
Feeling with Our Eyes - Texture and Light
Drawing - Dry, Liquid, and Modern Media
Episode 10
Drawing - Dry, Liquid, and Modern Media
Printmaking - Relief and Intaglio
Episode 11
Printmaking - Relief and Intaglio
Modern Printmaking - Planographic
Episode 12
Modern Printmaking - Planographic
Sculpture - Salt Cellars to Monuments
Episode 13
Sculpture - Salt Cellars to Monuments
Development of Painting - Tempera and Oils
Episode 14
Development of Painting - Tempera and Oils
Modern Painting - Acrylics and Assemblages
Episode 15
Modern Painting - Acrylics and Assemblages
Subject Matters
Episode 16
Subject Matters
Signs - Symbols, Icons, and Indexes in Art
Episode 17
Signs - Symbols, Icons, and Indexes in Art
Portraits - How Artists See Others
Episode 18
Portraits - How Artists See Others
Self-Portraits - How Artists See Themselves
Episode 19
Self-Portraits - How Artists See Themselves
Landscapes - Art of the Great Outdoors
Episode 20
Landscapes - Art of the Great Outdoors
Putting It All Together
Episode 21
Putting It All Together
Early Renaissance - Humanism Emergent
Episode 22
Early Renaissance - Humanism Emergent
Northern Renaissance - Devil in the Details
Episode 23
Northern Renaissance - Devil in the Details
High Renaissance - Humanism Perfected
Episode 24
High Renaissance - Humanism Perfected
Mannerism and Baroque - Distortion and Drama
Episode 25
Mannerism and Baroque - Distortion and Drama
Going Baroque - North versus South
Episode 26
Going Baroque - North versus South
18th-Century Reality and Decorative Rococo
Episode 27
18th-Century Reality and Decorative Rococo
Revolutions - Neoclassicism and Romanticism
Episode 28
Revolutions - Neoclassicism and Romanticism
From Realism to Impressionism
Episode 29
From Realism to Impressionism
Postimpressionism - Form and Content Re-Viewed
Episode 30
Postimpressionism - Form and Content Re-Viewed
Expressionism - Empathy and Emotion
Episode 31
Expressionism - Empathy and Emotion
Cubism - An Experiment in Form
Episode 32
Cubism - An Experiment in Form
Abstraction/Modernism - New Visual Language
Episode 33
Abstraction/Modernism - New Visual Language
Dada Found Objects/Surreal Doodles and Dreams
Episode 34
Dada Found Objects/Surreal Doodles and Dreams
Postmodernism - Focus on the Viewer
Episode 35
Postmodernism - Focus on the Viewer
Your Next Museum Visit - Do It Yourself!
Episode 36
Your Next Museum Visit - Do It Yourself!