From the earliest cave painting of hunting scenes to the spectacular architecture of ancient Greece and Rome to the startling perspectives of Postmodern paintings, art has provided us with a unique window through which to view and appreciate the soul of Western civilization.
Artists throughout Western history have represented, envisioned, and interpreted the world around them through a range of diverse media. The scope of Western art is breathtaking, not only for its creativity and visual power but—more importantly—for the way in which it echoes the human experience across the ages. To be able to understand the history and language of art is to be privy to a conversation thousands of years old—one that leads you to a better understanding of one of the proudest achievements of the West.
Art across the Ages is a mind-broadening survey of Western visual art designed to familiarize you with its basic history, acquaint you with major artists and styles, and provide you with a broad foundation for deeper exploration. In 48 insightful lectures taught by Professor Ori Z. Soltes of Georgetown University, you get a ready grasp of the substance and significance of a vast range of works, along with a solid knowledge of how they fit into the continuity of Western art.
Stand alone video lectures
about 150 Mb each
1. Continuity and Transformation—What Is Art? 2. Art as the Offspring of Religion 3. Preclassical Greek Art 4. Toward the Classical Athenian Moment 5. Beyond the Borders of Classical Greek Art 6. The Birth of the New—Hellenistic Art 7. Hellenistic, Etruscan, and Early Roman Art 8. Roman and Judaean Art 9. Early Christian Art and Its Progeny 10. The Beginnings of Jewish Art 11. Christian Medieval Art and Architecture 12. The Language of Romanesque and Gothic Art 13. Islamic Art from Abstract to Figurative 14. Jewish Medieval Art and Architecture 15. Early Renaissance Painting in Central Italy 16. 15th-Century Italian Renaissance Painting 17. Renaissance Painting beyond the Alps 18. Renaissance Sculpture—Toward Florence 19. Toward High Renaissance in Central Italy 20. High Renaissance in Central Italy 21. The Rebirth of Classical Dynamism 22. The Light of the Veneto 23. 16th-Century Northern European Painting 24. Transformation of People, Objects, Ideas 25. The Reformation and the Mannerist Crisis 26. Baroque Shadows—Venice to Madrid to Rome 27. Shadow and Light from Rome to the Lowlands 28. Northern Landscapes and Life Sweeps 29. The Counter-Reformation from Italy Outward 30. Revolutions in Spanish and English Painting 31. France's Gold and Silver Ages 32. Politics and Romanticism 33. From Realism to Impressionism 34. From Paris to the East 35. American Romantic Realism and Its Progeny 36. Fin de Siècle European Art Movements 37. Asia and Africa in the Western Mind 38. They All Came to Paris 39. Revolutions in Early 20th-Century Painting 40. Figuration and Abstraction—The Struggle 41. Developments in Sculpture—Rodin to Judd 42. New Worlds of Architecture—Wright to Hadid 43. The Edges of West and East 44. Art, Trauma, and Politics 45. Defining Modern Jewish Art 46. The Problem of Categories in Modern Art 47. The Explosion of Modernist Media 48. Art, Politics, and Religion from Era to Era