Museum Masterpieces

Museum Masterpieces

The Louvre

DVD - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Chantilly, Va. : Teaching Co., c2006
ISBN: 9781598032192
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook ([2], iv, 102 p. ; 19 cm.)
Alternative Title: Louvre
Call Number: DVD 708.4 MUS


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Jul 17, 2013

His dialogs and speeches are excellent but as a video presentation, not a show and tell in a physical brick and mortar classroom, the appearance of this author is in more than 60% of the time. It would be a much better presentation if more detailed (higher resolution or at close up) photos of objects and videos of locations are shown with his voice at the background. Hence the Museum Masterpieces are overshadowed by him! The DVD "Louvre, la visite" (Call #708.436 L8955V) with its multilingual presentation may be a better choice for some viewers!


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