Professor Richard Brettell, Ph.D.

Professor Richard Brettell
  • The University of Texas, Dallas
  • Yale University
Great works of art communicate across time, and there are places in the Met where you’re looking at something, something that was made 2,000 years before Christ in the ancient Near East, and you’re looking into the eyes of somebody.

Richard Brettell (1949–2020) was the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Professor of Art and Aesthetics at The University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his BA, MA, and PhD from Yale University. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Dallas, Professor Brettell taught at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Yale University, and Harvard University. Professor Brettell was the founding American director of the French Regional and American Museum Exchange, designed to promote the exchange of art and information between regional museums in France and the United States. He served as the McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and advised and consulted for museums such as the Portland Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. His museum exhibition work included Monet in Normandy (for the de Young Museum in San Francisco) and The Impressionist in the City: Pissarro’s Series (for the Dallas Museum of Art). He gave scholarly lectures at numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art, and he wrote more than 25 books, including Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European Drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection and Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860–1890.

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"Professor Brettell is the most exciting teacher we have heard at this time. Wish we could take a guided tour of the Louvre with him."

 

"Professor Richard Brettell is an outstanding teacher.  His enthusiam and knowledge about the Louvre's art and history has inpired me to take a trip to Paris to reacquaint myself with that great museum."

 

"Dr. Brettell's lectures were fascinating, lucid, illustrated with exquisite reproductions, and framed with enlightening bits of historical, artistic, and cultural context. I couldn't be more pleased or impressed. Thank you!"

42 Courses and Sets

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42 Courses and Sets

  1. From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    Richard Brettell
    4.7 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (124)
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    With Professor Richard Brettell as your expert curator and guide, this course creates a vivid "virtual" museum through which to appreciate the genius and enduring accomplishments of the men and women who, in a few short decades, forever changed the art of painting. Enjoy the style, subject, and function of Impressionist painting by artists such as Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh....
  2. Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Richard Brettell
    4.3 out of 5
    75% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (119)
    Starting at $169.95 Starting at $169.95 $199.95 $169.95$199.95
    Expert art critic Richard Brettell takes you on an unforgettable journey through one of the world's greatest art museums in Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre. This course provides a fascinating overview of the Louvre's colorful history as royal palace, art academy, and national showcase. But the main focus of these richly illustrated lectures are some of the beautiful examples from the museum's remarkable collection...
  3. Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Richard Brettell
    4.5 out of 5
    76% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (78)
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    No other museum covers the history of humanity and its achievements as thoroughly as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In these 24 visually rich, half-hour lectures, Professor Richard Brettell takes you through The Metropolitan Museum of Art from front to back, from bottom to top, introducing practically every department in the museum. Each is a museum unto its own, representing one of the world’s...
  4. (Set) Cultural Literacy Guide to the Arts  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy Guide to the Arts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,404.30 Starting at $3,404.30 $3,404.30 $3,404.30$3,404.30
    Two of the most satisfying products of human culture: great music and great art. The courses featured in this section offer you a vivid and engaging opportunity to achieve cultural literacy in the richest works of concert music and art the world has ever seen. Led by popular Great Courses professors who are also award-winning composers and trained art historians, these particular courses introduce you to the...
  5. (Set) From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt  Set

    (Set) From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Prepare for two unforgettable trips into distinct styles of Western art. From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism introduces you to the style, subject, and function of Impressionist masterpieces by artists including Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. In Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt, you trace the development of this renowned school of painting and view masterpieces by artists such as Vermeer, Hals, and...
  6. (Set)  Experiencing Hubble & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre Set

    (Set) Experiencing Hubble & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
  7. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre & A History of European Art  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $609.90 Starting at $609.90 $719.90 $609.90$719.90
    Discover a wealth of insights into some of art history's most powerful masterpieces. Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre examines some of the great works contained in the museum's collection of European paintings, while A History of European Art surveys the larger scope of Western art since the Middle Ages.
  8. (Set) Art across the Ages & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre  Set

    (Set) Art across the Ages & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $719.90 Starting at $719.90 $719.90 $719.90$719.90
  9. (Set) Fundamentals of Photography  & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism   Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
  10. (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
  11. (Set) A History of European Art &  From Monet to Van Gogh Set

    (Set) A History of European Art & From Monet to Van Gogh

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
    Broaden your enjoyment and understanding of two vital periods in art history. A History of European Art is a comprehensive guide to rich works of Western art, including Leonardo's Last Supper and Van Gogh's The Starry Night. From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism focuses on the Impressionist movement in art—one that forever changed how artists interpreted the world.
  12. (Set) How to Look at and Understand Great Art & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism  Set

    (Set) How to Look at and Understand Great Art & 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
  13. (Set) Special Offer: Buy all 8  Set

    (Set) Special Offer: Buy all 8

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,359.60 Starting at $1,359.60 $1,599.60 $1,359.60$1,599.60
    Discover grand insights into a range of fascinating subjects with this dynamic eight-course set: Secrets of Mental Math, History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon, Optimizing Brain Fitness, Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History, Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, Origins of Great Ancient...
  14. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $679.80 Starting at $679.80 $799.80 $679.80$799.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre; The Secrets of Mental Math; The History of the Bible; and My Favorite Universe 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...
  15. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art & How to Look at and Understand Great Art  Set

    (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art & How to Look at and Understand Great Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Partake in a feast of some of the greatest artworks ever created and housed in the most comprehensive museum in the world, and learn to really see and understand what you're looking at in this set that combines the interpretative skills and historical knowledge of two noted art historians. First, in Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Professor Richard Brettell takes you through The Met from front...
  16. (Set) History of the Bible, Probability Made Clear, My Favorite Universe, & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre  Set

    (Set) History of the Bible, Probability Made Clear, My Favorite Universe, & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $679.80 Starting at $679.80 $799.80 $679.80$799.80
    Discover grand insights into a range of fascinating subjects with this dynamic four-course set. In The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon, get compelling answers to provocative questions about the development of the New Testament. In What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear, delve into the fundamental concepts and practical applications of a powerful mathematical field. Investigate black...
  17. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art & The Louvre  Set

    (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art & The Louvre

    Richard Brettell
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Tour two of the world's greatest art museums with an expert art historian. Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art takes you through the diverse departments and collections of New York City's iconic art museum. Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre provides you with a comprehensive overview of this museum's history and some of the masterpieces contained in its collection of European paintings.
  18. (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.
  19. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism  Set

    (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    Richard Brettell
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Embark on two unforgettable trips through the world of art with art historian and Professor Richard Brettell. Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre is an overview of this great museum's colorful history and some of the masterpieces inside its walls. From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism creates a vivid "virtual" museum through which you appreciate the genius and the masterpieces of Impressionists such as...
  20. (Set) Art across the Ages & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism  Set

    (Set) Art across the Ages & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $774.90 $774.90$774.90
    Join two expert art historians as they reveal new and engaging ways to look at some of the Western world's most cherished art masterpieces in this two-course set. 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. And the 24 masterful...