Professor George R. Bent, Ph.D.

Professor George R. Bent
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Stanford University
Professor George R. Bent has taught in the Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee University since 1993. The holder of the Sidney Gause Childress Professorship in the Arts, Professor Bent offers courses on the art and architecture of Northern and Southern Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the end of the Renaissance—including lecture courses on medieval art in Byzantium and Italy, Italian Renaissance art, and Northern Renaissance art as well as seminars on the art of Venice, the High Renaissance in Italy, and Gothic art in France. A two-time holder of Fulbright Scholarships to Italy, Professor Bent received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University in 1993. He cofounded Washington and Lee's interdisciplinary program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies in 1995, chaired it from 2000 to 2003, served as Associate Dean of the College from 2003 to 2006, and currently serves as chair of the Department of Art and Art History. Professor Bent's early scholarly work focused on issues of artistic production, the function of liturgical images, and institutional patronage in early Renaissance Florence. He is the author of Monastic Art in Lorenzo Monaco's Florence, a book that addresses these subjects through an examination of panel paintings, manuscript illuminations, and religious rituals performed in the monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli from 1300 to 1415. Professor Bent's current research interests revolve around paintings produced for public spaces in Florence between 1250 and 1450, which have caused him to consider works such as Madonnas in street-corner tabernacles, frescoes of virtuous heroes in guildhalls, cult images that worked miracles for common people, and images of political propaganda that decorated offices of state bureaucrats. Professor Bent and his wife, Lorriann Olan, have three children, each of whom tolerates their father's obsession with the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance.
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"Professor Bent was a very knowledgeable and engaging lecturer. I feel that I gained a much clearer and more comprehensive understanding of Leonardo's intellect, his achievements, and his flaws."

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  1. Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance

    Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance

    George R. Bent
    4.8 out of 5
    98% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Starting at $319.95 Starting at $319.95 $374.95 $319.95$374.95
    Explore the life and times of the man whose name is synonymous with inventiveness, curiosity, and creative genius. In Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance, taught by art historian and Professor George R. Bent, you’ll take a powerful and engrossing look at this grand master, the intriguing world he inhabited and shaped, and the legacies he left behind for us. These visually rich 36 lectures will give...
  2. (Set)  Leonardo da Vinci & How to Look at Great Art Set

    (Set) Leonardo da Vinci & How to Look at Great Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
  3. (Set) Leonardo da Vinci & Genius of Michelangelo Set

    (Set) Leonardo da Vinci & Genius of Michelangelo

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Enjoy the incomparable art and culture of the Renaissance in Italy with these two visually dazzling courses taught by two expert art historians. In Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance, Professor George R. Bent gives you an intriguing and detailed look at this Renaissance man, the world he inhabited and shaped, and the legacies he left behind for us. And in Professor E. Wallace's The Genius of...
  4. (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...
  5. (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...
  6. 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
  7. (Set)  Leonardo da Vinci & 30 Masterpieces of Ancient World Set

    (Set) Leonardo da Vinci & 30 Masterpieces of Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
  8. Renaissance & Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance Set

    Renaissance & Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Experience the full spectrum of the Renaissance in this two-course set. Join a master historian for a revealing, comprehensive look at how the European Renaissance revolutionized politics, society, and faith in Renaissance: The Transformation of the West. Then, get an immersive, comprehensive encounter with the quintessential renaissance man in Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance.
  9. (Set) How to Draw & Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance Set

    (Set) How to Draw & Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Gain a new appreciation for both art and one of the greatest artists in history with this two-course set. First, uncover your hidden talents with How to Draw, which taps into everyone’s artistic skills with some practical tips and advice. Then, delve into the life and masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance to get an exclusive tour of his works and processes.