Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

Course No. 7180
Professor William Kloss, M.A.
Independent Art Historian
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Holland in the 17th century was home to the most remarkable concentration of artistic talent and accomplishment in modern history. From this tiny land came the great masters Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, and Rembrandt, as well as an abundant assembly of memorable artists.

To this day, these compelling pictures take our breath away-an unrivalled heritage of portraits, still lifes, landscapes, marine paintings, and profoundly observant images of everyday Dutch life that continue to grace museums throughout Europe and America.

Why are our eyes mesmerized by the glistening stream issuing from the pitcher in Vermeer's The Milkmaid? How does our understanding deepen with each moment we spend taking in the revealing details of his Woman Holding a Balance? What are the means that create the self-contained intimacy that glows from de Hooch's A Mother's Duty, or from his Interior with Women Beside a Linen Chest?

We are forever astonished by the inclusive sweep of Rembrandt's art, which encompasses the brooding power of The Mill and the moving immediacy of The Jewish Bride. That unsurpassed image of human devotion was painted with such astonishing bravura that Vincent Van Gogh, sitting spellbound before the painting in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum two centuries later, was impelled to say: "One must have died several times to paint like that."

Learn What Made the Art of Holland so Special

What was it that made Holland so special, that nourished great masters and produced artists like Jan van de Cappelle, Meindert Hobbema, Jacob van Ruisdael, Pieter Saenredam, Gerard ter Borch, Hendrick Terbrugghen, and so many others?

And what of the extraordinary technical ability of Holland's artists? They commanded a realistic technique so descriptive and alive that their work seemed like a transcription of life itself. Many people today think of the Dutch artists as "realists." But is this really true? Were they, instead, the creators of a parallel reality-often preoccupied with concerns of faith and morality, and expressing deeper truths through the familiar realities they were painting?

Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt will introduce you to the art of 17th-century Holland. It traces the development of this renowned, independent school of painting, and the great seafaring nation that produced the new society that would be reflected in that new art. The course concludes with the achievements of Holland's greatest and most versatile genius, Rembrandt, whose range of work-including his remarkable etchings-claims the final seven lectures.

Your introduction to this marvelous world is a visually sumptuous one, as Professor William Kloss-well known to Teaching Company customers from his A History of European Art and Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance-shows you the work of more than 100 artists and guides you through more than 450 masterful paintings.

How Deep Meaning Can Hide in the Tiniest Detail
Painting by painting, you'll see how each artist's technical choices-about composition, lighting, color, or brushstrokes, to name a few-contribute to a work's overall impact and statement. And you'll see how even the smallest detail of content can speak volumes. For instance, the artist may depict a room and include a painting hanging on a wall within that room, and that painting within the painting may have significant meaning. The same may be true of an artist's choice of background props or secondary figures in the painting.

Dutch artists created paintings that offered insights into history and commerce. They created great religious works that not only interpret biblical narratives but address the spiritual conflicts of the period. And they also placed on canvas every facet of daily domestic and social life in "genre" paintings, one of the most characteristic categories of Dutch art.

Whether you're new to art or an experienced museumgoer, Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt is a delight, filled with insights into the explosive inventiveness of Dutch art as it interpreted and reinvented the reality of Holland-the most dynamic nation in 17th-century Europe.

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36 lectures
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  • 1
    Art and Society in 16th-Century Netherlands
    This lecture outlines the art to be discussed and provides historical background about the Protestant Reformation, Catholic Counter-Reformation, and the beginning of the Eighty Years' War between the Northern Netherlands (Holland) and the Spanish-ruled Southern Netherlands (Flanders). x
  • 2
    The Years of Crisis in the Netherlands
    Political and religious clashes of the 1560s led to the Protestant rebellion and, ultimately, the independence of the northern provinces. This lecture concentrates on the art of this period, especially that of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. x
  • 3
    Art in Haarlem and Utrecht, c. 1530–1625
    We look at two significant art centers and works produced by Cornelis van Haarlem, Hendrik Goltzius, Abraham Bloemaert, and Hendrick Terbrugghen. x
  • 4
    Facing the Truth—Candid Portraits
    Portrait painting becomes prominent in Holland in the 17th century, with citizens of the new Dutch Republic eager to record the features of their families and their national leaders. x
  • 5
    Dutch Portraits, c. 1635–75
    We examine some of the finest Dutch portraitists, including Gerard ter Borch, Jan de Bray, and Bartolomeus van der Helst, and note the 1660s shift in taste that led to greater emphasis on artifice and display of skill. x
  • 6
    Frans Hals—The Early Years
    The first of three lectures on Hals—who in a career spanning more than half a century never left Haarlem—discusses his early single portraits and rare genre paintings from about 1611 to about 1633. x
  • 7
    Frans Hals—Civic Group Portraits
    During the same period covered in the last lecture, Hals painted a famous series of group portraits of the Civic Guard Companies of Haarlem. His vivid, animated compositions and vigorous paint surface contrasted strongly with similar portraits by others. x
  • 8
    Frans Hals—Later Portraits
    As Hals aged, he retained all of his astonishing skill and became more penetrating in his characterizations, seeming never to repeat a pose as he found a new invention, a new insight, for each painting. x
  • 9
    Town and City
    In this first lecture devoted to the most inclusive category of Dutch painting—genre painting, or scenes of everyday life—we focus on paintings of public places in town and city, primarily Haarlem and Amsterdam. x
  • 10
    Daily Life in the Town
    This examination of depictions of the public places—inns, taverns, barber and doctor establishments, shops, even brothels—includes the work of painters Judith Leyster, Adriaen van Ostade, and Job Berckheyde. x
  • 11
    Daily Life in the Home
    In Dutch homes of rich or poor or middle class, artists found plentiful settings for all sorts of scenes. Almost always the works carry deeper meaning than the action suggests to a modern viewer. x
  • 12
    Music and the Studio
    Music and art prove to be important genre subjects. Indeed, music was a preoccupation of Dutch art, with romantic and erotic connotations almost always present in musical subjects. x
  • 13
    Jan Steen—Order and Disorder in Dutch Life
    One of the greatest Dutch genre painters, Jan Steen is best known for subjects that often show boisterous activity, a subject seemingly at odds with Calvinist precepts of an orderly life. x
  • 14
    Pieter de Hooch and Quietude
    The quiet pervading much of the work of Pieter de Hooch presents an introverted style, in marked contrast to the extroverted, "loud" paintings of Jan Steen. x
  • 15
    Art in Delft
    The town of Delft was a crucial locale in Dutch history, commerce, and art. In art it will always be associated with Johannes Vermeer. x
  • 16
    Johannes Vermeer, c. 1655–60
    In the first of three lectures on Vermeer, we look at the unexpected beginnings of this short-lived artist, including some works that particularly display his characteristic and miraculous effects of light and profound silence. x
  • 17
    Johannes Vermeer, c. 1660–65
    Between 1660 and 1665, Vermeer painted subjects common to Dutch genre painting, including music and letter writing, but they are infused with his own aura. x
  • 18
    Johannes Vermeer, c. 1665–70
    This lecture includes discussions of renowned paintings like Girl with a Pearl Earring as well as the camera obscura, a visual tool assumed to have been used by Vermeer and other artists. x
  • 19
    Still-Life Painting, c. 1620–54
    This first lecture on still-life painting, a subject which often conveyed the moral of life's brevity, includes the work of Ambrosius Bosschaert, Pieter Claesz, Jan Davidsz de Heem, and Willem Claesz Heda. x
  • 20
    Still-Life Painting, c. 1652–82
    We conclude our examination of still-life painting with a look at the work of artists Samuel van Hoogstraten, Pieter Anraadt, Willem Kalf, Willem van Aelst, Abraham van Beyeren, and Jan Weenix, and also special categories such as illusionistic art, banquet pieces, and dead game. x
  • 21
    Landscape Painting—The Early Decades
    Dutch artists essentially invented naturalistic landscape painting, producing thousands of views of land and sea, in Holland and abroad. This is the first of seven lectures surveying the subject with examples ranging from Hendrik Goltzius around 1600 to the early work of Salomon van Ruysdael around 1630. x
  • 22
    Landscapes of Jan van Goyen and Rembrandt
    We look at the work of the first great genius of Dutch landscape specialists, Jan van Goyen, and also discover that only eight of Rembrandt's landscapes were paintings (he depicted them more often in drawings and prints). x
  • 23
    Foreign Landscapes
    The Dutch were world traders and colonizers, and their interest in the world beyond Holland was expressed in landscapes by painters who went on foreign missions and by others who traveled alone or with other artists, including Frans Post, Allart van Everdingen, and Jan Both. x
  • 24
    Landscape Painting in the 1640s and 1650s
    During the 1640s and 1650s, landscape painting developed from a tonal style to a more colorful style. We look at examples from the work of artists Salomon van Ruysdael, Aert van der Neer, Albert Cuyp, and Paulus Potter. x
  • 25
    Jacob van Ruisdael
    Unanimously agreed to be the greatest Dutch landscape painter, Jacob van Ruisdael produced potent landscapes that featured a rich blend of precise observation and vivid imagination. x
  • 26
    Dutch Landscape Painting until 1689
    This lecture continues with Ruisdael's painting before continuing with two other prominent landscape painters, Philips de Koninck and Meindert Hobbema. x
  • 27
    Marine Painting
    Marine painting—seascapes, beach scenes, lakes, and rivers—unsurprisingly received its first complete exploration by Dutch artists, who came from a nation that had a great navy and was under constant threat of flooding from the sea. x
  • 28
    The Moral of the Story—History Painting
    Although Dutch art is especially known for its specialties, from portraiture to landscape, many Dutch artists also made history paintings, depicting elevated narrative subjects from the Bible, mythology, and ancient or modern political history. x
  • 29
    The Decoration of the Amsterdam Town Hall
    The Town Hall of Amsterdam, when opened in 1655, was considered one of the grandest and most significant buildings in the country. We look at the art commissioned to adorn it. x
  • 30
    Rembrandt to 1630
    The first of seven lectures on Rembrandt includes details about two of his early self-portraits and two significant history paintings that signaled his lifelong dedication to the subject matter in which he would become pre-eminent. x
  • 31
    Rembrandt in Amsterdam, 1631–34
    This examination of Rembrandt's first years in Amsterdam, to which he moved permanently in 1631, includes Saskia, which may be his first portrait–even a wedding portrait–of Saskia van Uylenburgh, the woman he married in 1634. x
  • 32
    Rembrandt and the Baroque Style
    Although he never left Holland, Rembrandt was acutely aware of the extroverted drama of the Baroque style that characterized much Italian and Flemish painting, and it found a place in his art, especially in the mid-1630s, when he painted some of his most dramatic works. x
  • 33
    Rembrandt's Personal Baroque Style
    In the decade that follows, Rembrandt moved away from apparent emulation and reinterpretation of the European Baroque style toward the full maturity of his thirties and a personal Baroque style with a full range of size, subject, and expression. x
  • 34
    Rembrandt's Etchings
    Rembrandt's technical and expressive command of etching was unequaled. This lecture describes the process and examines a dozen examples from the 1630s to the 1650s. x
  • 35
    Rembrandt in the 1650s
    This lecture looks at portraits and religious paintings infused with the ever-deepening emotion and inwardness of Rembrandt's art that we first saw in several etchings discussed in the previous lecture. x
  • 36
    Rembrandt's Last Years
    This final lecture features some memorable paintings of the last decade of Rembrandt's life. It discusses the fascination Dutch artists showed in creating their seemingly realistic record of the world with a lifelikeness and truthfulness that have made Dutch art of the Golden Age recognized everywhere. x

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William Kloss, M.A.
Independent Art Historian
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...
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Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 78.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous Course Prof. William Kloss is an articulate lecturer that provides an astonishing depth of insight into the historical context and development of the Dutch Masters and of their paintings. He makes these gifted artists come alive with their innovative talent to depict life! I marvel at his succinct elocution to identify the detail greatness of each painting. This series invigorates in me the desire to return to The Netherlands so as to stand with a much better understanding and appreciation of the Dutch Masters' art.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A master teacher of the Dutch Masters Well I am going to continue the unanimous streak of five star ratings enjoyed by Prof. Kloss. "Eye candy" is a phrase that comes to mind when reflecting on this visually stunning course; masterfully, I say masterfully presented by a master teacher. The phrase Dutch Masters has such heft within the world of art because of the great number of painters and sheer volume of their output. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Dutch single-handedly invented a new economic model, called capitalism. The incredible wealth generated by this new economic system made the Dutch some of the wealthiest burgers in all of Europe. For this reason the middle-class, for the first time in history, was capable of not only patronizing the arts but directly commissioning artists too. Formally, only institutions, nobles and governments could afford such patronage. With their newfound wealth the Dutch middle-class came out in force to have their lives, homes, cities, waterways, families and landscapes painted in such profusion that it takes, today, a 36-lecture course just to skim over the top and provide you with a survey of only the most important works. Prof. Kloss takes you through these paintings by category, style, genre, artist and period. Not only do you get to see the wonderful paintings but also delicious pieces of information about the artist, the times, motivations and distractions that all went into the mix of each particular work. So, if you have marveled at the artists of the Italian, French and German schools and their modicum of work, you will be blown away by the explosive quantity and variety of the Dutch Masters.
Date published: 2012-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly wonderful course! This is my 27th review of Great Courses and prior to watching this course I watched Professor Kloss's World's Greatest Paintings. I wondered if I would find this course too confined in subject but found that instead it gave great insight into a prolific era in painting. He begins with the history of the reformation and counter reformation that defined the era and set the stage for why the Dutch of this era produced the paintings that they did and in such numbers. The structure of the course could not be better. He discusses the paintings by type and by painter but he does not hesitate to deviate from this format where it helps to explain the paintings. While I enjoyed his World's Greatest Art I must say that I thought this course was truly masterful. If I had to choose one or the other I would choose this one although both are well worth adding to your library of courses. There are some oddities including occasional reference to "Good Morning" or "Good Afternoon" which I am sure was correct for the audience but since this was being done for DVD presentation it comes across as odd. Not off putting but odd. Also mention is made of his background with a BA and MA and on screen he is shown with a Ph.D. but source is not mentioned. Not that it matters since he is a recognized expert in his field but it is always interesting to know. For example his BA and MA are from Oberlin and in both this course and the one on World's Greatest Paintings he includes works in the Oberlin museum. I mention this for information but it in no way detracts from the courses. I can remember as a college student spending hours in the Louvre in front of Rembrandt's paintings as well as those of other Dutch painters. This is not my field, only one I find of interest, and while I enjoy many different types of art I am drawn to the Dutch painters of this era. Now I know why! I can not only recommend this course but highly recommend it. It enlightened me on many aspects of Dutch painting which I have enjoyed over the years in museums around the world. After watching this course on my next visits I will have a much better understanding and am sure will enjoy them even more.
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dutch Masters: a course given by a master Porfessor Kloss is in every way a remarkable mentor with his affable presence, vivacious intelligence and wit and his command of the English language which combine to offer his seemingly infinitely detailed knowledge and his profound love of his subject to us with great care. This course must surely be an inspiration to aspiring teachers let alone those interested in the course subject. This course is the culmination of a study I began in 1983, leading me to the brush, pigments and canvass to explore my way through the art of painting, having brought my most revered works to life in my soul on this journey through this most sublime period of oil-painting given in this course. Thank you so much for the astonishing sensitivity with which you imparted this material - it is now a useful source to which I shall return time and again. How can school systems endure without this sort of knowledge being sought and presented?
Date published: 2011-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professor Kloss's Best! While I have all of Professor Kloss's wonderful courses on art and have enjoyed them all, I think this course is his very best. His knowledge of and enthusiasm for Dutch art of this period absolutely shine through every lecture. I especially liked the mix of lectures on specific artists and specific subjects. Pictures were thus covered that might not have been if only one approach were taken. There were many works in this course that were new to me, which made it even more informative. The professor's insights into the cultural context of the time add greatly to an understanding of its art. This course cannot be too highly recommended!
Date published: 2011-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Course In reading the reviews of this course it seems that all of the possible superlatives have been mentioned. They are well deserved. Mr. Kloss’s enthusiasm for Dutch art of this period is infectious. In particular, I found his effort to explain aesthetic themes in relation to religious, political, and social paradigms of the era to be fascinating. Like most moderns I had considered French painting of the 19th century to be the final word in the history of art. After Mr. Kloss’ course I have had to reconsidered this notion.
Date published: 2011-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watch this, then visit! Prof. Kloss has done it again--another brilliant, informative course. My husband and I watched this one before visiting Holland and Germany. We are museum people, and during our trip we visited many of the Dutch and Munich museums featured in the course. We found we got so much more out of what we were seeing as a result. (Just getting to the museums was fun. The Dutch trains are easy to use, so don't hesitate to branch out from Amsterdam.) Prof. Kloss has a way of making you really look and see things you never noticed before. I recommend this course for all travelers who plan to take in some art as well as experience the current culture in this part of Europe.
Date published: 2011-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He does it again - This time even better! Prof. Kloss is a slam dunk yet again. What this makes this course better than the Italian Renaissance and World's Best Paintings courses? 1. The Dutch art is much more appealing to a modern eyes. 2. Lots of clever and luscious portraits. 3. Paintings are realistic. 4. The subjects are more every day and less religious.
Date published: 2011-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring overview of Dutch Painting Professor Kloss gives a fairly detailed overview of 16th and 17th century Dutch painting and painters including the famous and the not-so-famous. He blends the historical details of that particular period of Dutch history with the biographies of the individual painters to provide the background for understanding the paintings themselves. He then explains the paintings, often pointing out minute details of a particular painting which enrich one's appreciation of that painting. I felt so inspired by the course that I felt I had to go the museums in the Netherlands to see them myself. It was worth every minute.
Date published: 2010-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from School of Rembrandt A brilliant review of the Golden Age of Dutch Art. In addition to the big names of the period - Rembrandt, Vermeer and Haals - Prof. Kloss takes us a on wonderful tour of the works of many lesser known Dutch artists from the late 16th century to the end of the 17th. The paintings are a joy to look at and the professor's scholarly commentary, which explains the complex historical background, superbly informative. I was, for the first time in my life, persuaded that Dutch genre paintings are actually worth looking at! Highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE MAGIC OF LIGHT In addition to art lovers, art students, painters, and art teachers this course provides an exceptional learning opportunity for serious photographers as well as those who aspire to better develop their photographic skills. If an individual had the opportunity at one time to gaze at a group of paintings by Rembrandt for many uninterrupted hours, that person would probably never feel the same about the treatment of the power of light in a composition. This course serves as a close substitute. As a general statement, many of the Dutch painters from this period also can teach a viewer more about handling light. The subject of light is only one of many topics Professor Kloss covers with his usual powerful scholarship, insight and enthusiasm. He adds history and societal surroundings of the artists to assist us in understanding what we see. The final six lectures focusing on Rembrandt are particularly meaningful. Outside of chemistry and electronics, light is the most important component of either film or digital photography. It's the reason it's emphasized in this review. The late, great photographer, Ernst Haas, suggested that one could learn much about the subject by studying the works of these Dutch masters. This course is a great addition to the Teaching Company offerings on art. It's recommended to everyone.
Date published: 2010-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice, even pace It has been my experience that any course by William Kloss has been worthwhile. While other TC profs resort to theatrics, and others pace about, Dr. Kloss maintains a steady tempo and imparts his extraordinary knowledge in a way that is neither presumptuous nor condescending. It's a great way to show his respect for both the audience and the artists he is describing.
Date published: 2010-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Course This course is a marvelous introduction to the great Dutch masters. Professor Kloss is enthusiastic and most articulate; his delivery is very smooth, unhindered by vocal crutches and hesitations. The material is clearly organized ,and the detail so engaging that I found myself amazed that thirty minutes had elapsed. I found many of his observations, on compositional techniques and painterly insights, were ones that I could apply to other paintings as I visit various museums. I plan to take the other courses he has prepared for the Teaching Company.
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful in depth paintings I am a layman in the art world, yet after watching the 36 lectures of this subject, I feel like I would be able to pick out a dutch master. The lecturer Prof W. Kloss, kept my attention and had insights into each piece of artwork he showed. He was informative and concise. When focusing on a work, the zoom in feature was clear enough to see the brush strokes. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in the art world.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful course I can't say enough to praise this class. Professor Kloss's analysis of these wondrous works of art was thoughtful, sensitive, and utterly engaging. We watched the course in preparation for a trip to the Netherlands this fall and the course itself created the itinerary for our trip...from the Rijksmuseum in Amtsterdam to the Mauritshuis in The Hague, to the Frans Hals Museum and St. Bavo's Cathedral in Haarlem. When we returned from the trip, we watched the entire class all over again, with as much (or more) enjoyment and enthusiasm as the first time.
Date published: 2009-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horizon broadening Along with the American art lectures, this is Professor Kloss at the top of his form. This is an excellent and thorough exploration of the dutch golden age, which I had not appreciated much until after his course. He not only devotes multiple lectures to the big three of Vermeer, Hals, and Rembrandt, but mentions many others and gives a sense of just how many artists there were in that period. His pace is just right, and adds emotional pauses and emphasis when necessary. This leaves you wanting more, which is the ultimate goal.
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Enjoyable Art Course to Date This was my fifth purchase of a fine art series and without question, the most enjoyable to date. Bill Kloss is a dynamic and animated lecturer who breathes life into each work of art. It is truly a joy to be "in his class" and I look forward to being his student in the future.
Date published: 2009-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Dignity Professor Kloss is wonderful. His knowledge and presentation match the beauty of the works he presents to us. I am a professional artist, an oil painter, but my knowledge of art history is lacking. Therefore I will buy additional art history course from The Teaching Company. I enjoyed this course so much and learned so much that I felt the immediate inspiration and enthusiasm of Professor Kloss' dignified and poetic depiction of these great artists in my own art studio. After watching these lectures I just wanted to paint , paint, paint. The art presented in this course was fantastic, and the lecturer was equally fantastic; full of dignity which the artwork from this period deserves.
Date published: 2009-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course This course is entirely consistent with William Kloss's other fine Teaching Company courses. It is well-organized and effectively presented. What a delight to share Kloss's obvious love of his subject.
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Combine this with Kloss's Italian Renaissance art Kloss is such an excellent lecturer, informal and engaging. This course covers not only Rembrandt, Vermeer and the big names but also more minor artists who wll be less familiar. I first watched this course when I had a minor illness and it was the highlight of my day. The lectures are so good that I have gone back to some of the tapes to watch them a second and third time for example when exhibits come to town and I want to refresh on an artist. Be sure to get his Italian art tape as well.
Date published: 2009-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ANOTHER WINNER Once again Mr. Kloss shows us new aspects of old artists whose work we thought we knew. Breathtaking, indeed. Thank you.
Date published: 2009-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Excellent Dutch Art 'Appreciation' Course Professor Kloss is a master at discussing the aesthetic qualities of artistic works. His manner of highlighting and discussing interesting structural aspects of a painting has literally changed the way I look at figurative (i.e., non-abstract) art. He also provides ample biographical background on the artists under study. What I wish there was more of in Professor Kloss's courses is a theoretical and historical interpretation as to how and why the art developed under the Dutch Republic in the manner that it did (e.g., the Dutch relation and approach to art). For this reason, I note that Professor Kloss's courses (and this holds true for his other TC courses) make excellent art appreciation courses (akin to going on a museum tour), but are relatively light on the intellectual and analytical material that would make them true university-level courses (contrast, for example, with Professor Brettell's excellent TC course on Impressionism). All in all, though, I really enjoyed this course.
Date published: 2009-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sorry when this course ended! Professor Kloss is a masterful teacher. He combines scholarship with dignity and warmth. My husband and I know little about art, although we love to visit museums. We were spellbound by this course and looked forward to every episode. We learned so much about history and geography and social customs, also.
Date published: 2009-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even though I have studied many Dutch artists, I found Prof. Kloss' explinations most insightful giving me new appreciation of 17th century Dutch artists. Many thanks!
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dutch Masters is superb- William Kloss is so very excellent in teaching in every way. Will purchase any course he teaches! Wonderful art pieces w/each lecture - about 10 per session.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We cannot praise Prof Kloss too highly. His erudition and the fluency of his presentation, which brought the art to life. We have since acquired his renaissance art course and would happily buy more.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a comprehensive in depth survey of dutch art in the golden age of the netherlands, given in a clear, enjoyable and instructive format.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, comprehensive course with an outstanding professor. It exceeded my expectations.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This course surprised us! We don't think... as "arty" people but we were totally fascinated. hated to see it end.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Your dutch masters course was better than any art appreciation class i ever took in college.
Date published: 2008-10-17
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