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The History of Western Art: Light in the Darkness

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The medieval period of Western art focused on religious themes as teaching tools, not as art. Discusses the discovery of perspective and oil in painting, while highlighting works by Giotto, Brunalleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Van Eyck, Mantegna, Piero, and Botticelli.

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Painting of 3 men with halos. 2 wear crowns and royal robes. Christ figure wears a robe and holds a small lamb. Caption. A late-14th century tempera work.
The History Of Western Art
Season 0 / Ep 1
31 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Closeup of a Renaissance painting of the Madonna wearing a pale red dress and a blue cape. She looks down and off to the side. Caption. Muir as narrator. One can easily look at Raphael's "Madonna of the Goldfinch."
The History Of Western Art
Season 0 / Ep 2
31 minutes 41 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Painting of a gray bearded man leaning forward in bed. A man, woman, and 2 children lean toward him at the bedside. Caption. Rembrandt was undoubtedly the giant of 17th century Dutch art.
The History Of Western Art
Season 0 / Ep 3
31 minutes 35 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Neoclassical painting of 3 men in helmets each holding an arm straight out toward a man holding up swords with points down. Women and children slump over on a bench to the side. Caption. And David, of course, was immersed in the classical past.
The History Of Western Art
Season 0 / Ep 4
31 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Painting of a man falling off a horse at the center of a chaotic battle. Caption. Represents an artistic triumph of the first order.
The History Of Western Art
Season 0 / Ep 5
31 minutes 49 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Painting of a bearded man wearing a cravat. He looks past camera while holding a palette in one hand while painting on an easel with the other. Caption. Narrator. Manet's views on color, light, and brushwork.
The History Of Western Art
Season 0 / Ep 6
31 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12