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Professor William Kloss, M.A.

Professor William Kloss
  • Independent Art Historian
  • Oberlin College
Standards of beauty are seemingly endless and contradictory, which is why the rather hopeless phrase 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' was coined.

Professor William Kloss is an independent art historian and scholar who lectures and writes about a wide range of European and American art. He was educated at Oberlin College, where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Art History. He continued his postgraduate work on a teaching fellowship at the University of Michigan and was then awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for two years of study in Rome. As Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia, he taught 17th- and 18th-century European art and 19th-century French art. Professor Kloss has enjoyed a long association with the Smithsonian Institution, presenting more than 150 courses in the United States and abroad on subjects ranging from ancient Greek art to Impressionism to the works of Winslow Homer. He has also been a featured lecturer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and for The Art Institute of Chicago. Professor Kloss serves on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, a presidential appointment he has held since 1990. He is the author of several books, including Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride (2nd edition), which won the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award in the Art Category, as well as a 2009 USABookNews award for Best Book in Art. Most recently, he coauthored the United States Senate Catalogue of Fine Art. He also has written articles published in Winterthur Portfolio, The Magazine Antiques, American Arts Quarterly, and Antiques & Fine Art.

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"Professor Kloss is a magnificent teacher.  His style is engaging, his knowledge is vast and he succeeds in communicating his enthusiasm as well as his erudition."

 

"William Kloss is magical in his presentation and choices of pictures.  A true "educator" and "teacher" he evokes so much of the wondrous.  He is contagious."

 

"Dr. Kloss brings art to life in a way I've never before experienced. Vital, engaging, and yes, addictive, this is an incredible course for anyone who loves art, or wants to know how to learn to love it."

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56 Courses and Sets

  1. A History of European Art

    A History of European Art

    William Kloss
    Starting at $439.95 Starting at $439.95 $519.95 $439.95$519.95
    The development of the arts in Europe from the Middle Ages to the modern era is an astonishing record of cultural achievement, from the breathtaking architecture of Gothic cathedrals to the daring visual experiments of the Cubist painters. A History of European Art is your gateway to this visually stunning story. In 48 beautifully illustrated lectures you will encounter all the landmarks you would expect to find in...
  2. World's Greatest Paintings

    World's Greatest Paintings

    William Kloss
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    Embark on a compelling tour of some of the most significant paintings in Western art with the 24 richly illustrated lectures of The World's Greatest Paintings. Distinguished art historian and Professor William Kloss reveals a group of works that span the 14th century to the 20th and that—in his expert judgment—rank among the greatest paintings ever made. As you explore one of the supreme legacies of human life,...
  3. Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    William Kloss
    Starting at $319.95 Starting at $319.95 $374.95 $319.95$374.95
    No era of artistic achievement is as renowned as the Renaissance, and no country holds a higher place in it than Italy. In this course you experience supreme artworks created in Florence, Rome, Venice, and other Italian cities by such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian—unequaled masterpieces that established a canon of beauty that pervades Western culture to this day....
  4. Masterworks of American Art

    Masterworks of American Art

    William Kloss
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    What makes a work of art "American”? How do some of our country's greatest paintings depict its rich history? Explore these and other illuminating questions in Masterworks of American Art, taught by acclaimed art historian and Professor William Kloss. This sweeping 24-lecture survey shows you how brilliant artists including Benjamin West, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer helped create a rich portrait of American...
  5. Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt Sale

    Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

    William Kloss
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $99.95 $99.95 $99.95$99.95
    Holland in the 17th century was home to the most remarkable concentration of artistic talent in modern history, including masters such as Hals, Vermeer, and-of course-Rembrandt. Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt introduces you to this important period in art history. Professor William Kloss, an independent art historian with the Smithsonian Institution, guides you through the work of more than 100 artists and more...
  6. (Set) Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance & The Cathedral  Set

    (Set) Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance & The Cathedral

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Explore the lives and works of great masters of the Renaissance in Italy and the architectural wonders that are Gothic cathedrals in these two visually rich courses. First, delve into the art of more than 40 artists who painted and sculpted in this renowned era in history with Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance. Then, in The Cathedral, bring magnificent Gothic cathedrals right into your home and enjoy views...
  7. (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & World's Greatest Pai Set

    (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & World's Greatest Pai

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  8. (Set) Leonardo da Vinci & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance Set

    (Set) Leonardo da Vinci & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Explore the incomparable art and the lives of great masters of the Renaissance in Italy in these two visually rich courses. First, in Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance, explore the life and times of the man whose name is synonymous with inventiveness, curiosity, and creative genius. Then, delve into the art of more than 40 artists who painted and sculpted in this renowned era in history with Great...
  9. (Set) The Renaissance Set

    (Set) The Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,499.80 Starting at $1,499.80 $1,499.80 $1,499.80$1,499.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance; The Genius of Michelangelo; Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance; and The Art of the Northern Renaissance in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to experience the full artistic sweep of the Renaissance...
  10. (Set)  How Colors Affect You & The World's Greatest Paintings Set

    (Set) How Colors Affect You & The World's Greatest Paintings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
  11. (Set)  Fundamentals of Photography & Worlds Greatest Paintings Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography & Worlds Greatest Paintings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
  12. (Set) A History of European Art; Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance; Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt; & Masterworks of American Art  Set

    (Set) A History of European Art; Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance; Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt; & Masterworks of American Art

    William Kloss
    Starting at $1,524.80 Starting at $1,524.80 $1,524.80 $1,524.80$1,524.80
    Let renowned art historian and Professor William Kloss share his perspective on breathtaking masterworks of Western art—and the artists who created them—in this four-course set. A History of European Art is your gateway to a comprehensive survey of Western art since the Middle Ages. From there, examine art masterpieces from three great historical locations: Renaissance Italy (The Great Artists of the...
  13. (Set) Masterworks of American Art & Art across the Ages  Set

    (Set) Masterworks of American Art & Art across the Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $774.90 $774.90$774.90
    Find new ways to appreciate and enjoy great art from around the world with this richly illustrated two-course set. In Masterworks of American Art, discover how brilliant artists, including Benjamin West and Winslow Homer, helped create a rich, visual portrait of American history. Then, in the comprehensive Art across the Ages, explore the major artists, styles, and themes from hundreds of years of art history.
  14. (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & A History of European Art  Set

    (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & A History of European Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Explore a wealth of artists and masterpieces from Western art. A History of European Art is your comprehensive guide to rich works of art including Leonardo's Last Supper and Van Gogh's The Starry Night. Then, focus on the life, works, and legacy of Michelangelo—one of Western art's greatest geniuses—in The Genius of Michelangelo.
  15. Leonardo da Vinci & World's Greatest Paintings Set

    Leonardo da Vinci & World's Greatest Paintings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  16. (Set)  History of European Art & Museum Masterpieces: The Met Set

    (Set) History of European Art & Museum Masterpieces: The Met

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  17. (Set)  Your Personal Guide to Understanding the Arts Set

    (Set) Your Personal Guide to Understanding the Arts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,444.65 Starting at $2,444.65 $2,879.65 $2,444.65$2,879.65
    Whether you live, eat, and breathe the arts, or just go to concerts or museums on occasion, this seven-set series is for you. From Music to Opera, to the finest paintings and artists in the world, this collection covers everything you need to know to become a connoisseur of culture. At the completion, you will have a refined appreciation for all of the important pieces that have changed our world.
  18. (Set) 30 Masterpieces of Ancient World & World's Greatest Pai Set

    (Set) 30 Masterpieces of Ancient World & World's Greatest Pai

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Let two expert art historians guide you through the sublime art of the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modern eras in this lavishly illustrated course set. First, in Professor Diana K. McDonald's 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World, you'll see some of the greatest works of art ever created and explore the ancient cultures that made them. Then, in Professor William Kloss's World's Greatest Paintings, you'll...
  19. (Set) Dutch Masters: The Age of Remembrandt & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Dutch Masters: The Age of Remembrandt & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    William Kloss
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
  20. (Set) Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism  Set

    (Set) Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  21. (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Museum Masterpieces Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Museum Masterpieces

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  22. (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & A History of European Art  Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & A History of European Art

    William Kloss
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
    Discover new ways to view and appreciate great Western art with this two-course set by distinguished art historian and Professor William Kloss. The World's Greatest Paintings reveals a group of works that span the 14th century to the 20th and that—in Professor Kloss's expert judgment—rank among the greatest paintings ever made. A History of European Art is your gateway to a beautifully illustrated,...
  23. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Practicing Mindfulness; The Everyday Guide to Wine; Building Great Sentences; and The World's Greatest Paintings in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you can find only...
  24. A History of European Art; Dut Set

    A History of European Art; Dut

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,354.65 Starting at $2,354.65 $2,354.65 $2,354.65$2,354.65
    Whether you're new to the world of art or an experienced museumgoer, this seven-course set is an unforgettable way to trace the epic scope of Western art history and its countless visual delights. Start with A History of European Art, a fascinating and comprehensive survey of Western art since the Middle Ages. Then, explore three critical periods in Western at history: the Italian Renaissance (Great Artists of the...
  25. (Set)  The Development of European Civilization & A History of Set

    (Set) The Development of European Civilization & A History of

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  26. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Embark on two memorable trips through the world of art. Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art takes you through this great American art museum from front to back and top to bottom, introducing you to almost every one of its fascinating departments. Then, in Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance, discover how Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, and others created unequaled...
  27. (Set) Masterworks of American Art & A History of European Art  Set

    (Set) Masterworks of American Art & A History of European Art

    William Kloss
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
    Masterworks of American Art shows you how brilliant artists including Benjamin West, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer helped create a rich portrait of American history from its colonial roots to the brink of World War I. A History of European Art reveals intriguing insights about masterpieces such as Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece, Leonardo's The Last Supper, Van Gogh's Starry Night, and many others. Taken together,...
  28. (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Enter a world of artistic richness in two courses taught by expert art historians. Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance explores the period's masterful paintings, sculptures, and architecture—and the brilliant artists who created them, including Leonardo, Botticelli, and Titian. Then, focus on the life, masterpieces, and legacy of Michelangelo, the definitive Renaissance man. In The Genius of Michelangelo,...
  29. (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Monet to Van Gogh Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Monet to Van Gogh

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  30. (Set) A History of European Art & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) A History of European Art & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    William Kloss
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Take two revealing tours through Europe's breathtaking artistic tradition. A History of European Art surveys the great works and artists from the Middle Ages to the rise of Modernism. Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance investigates the unparalleled brilliance of artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli.