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.

Dr. Richard Brettell is the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Professor of Art and Aesthetics at The University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. 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 has 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 includes 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 has given scholarly lectures at numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art, and has written over 25 books, including 19th and 20th Century European Drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection and Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890.

Testimonials

"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. Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Richard Brettell
    4.3 out of 5
    74% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (115)
    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...
  2. From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism Sale

    From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    Richard Brettell
    4.7 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (110)
    Save up to $195.00 Starting at $39.95 $254.95 $39.95$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....
  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
    (76)
    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) 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World & Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art  Set

    (Set) 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World & Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  6. (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...
  7. (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...
  8. (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...
  9. (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...
  10. (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
  11. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism  Set

    (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Join two art historians and professors as they guide you through defining periods in the history of Western art in this two-course set. First, grasp the breathtaking scope of European painting between 1200 and 1900 as you tour a world-class collection in Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London. Next, in From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism, learn to appreciate the genius and enduring...
  12. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre & Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London  Set

    (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre & Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Delight in the treasures of two of the world's greatest museums, with your own personal art experts, but without the crowds. First, visit France with Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre. Explore the masterpieces contained within, but also get an education about this museum's glorious (and royal) history. Then travel across the La Manche, or the English Channel to another great art museum, the National Gallery, London....
  13. (Set) The World's Greatest Paintings & Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Set

    (Set) The World's Greatest Paintings & Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  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; A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition; What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear; 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...
  15. (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...
  16. (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
  17. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London; & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre  Set

    (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London; & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.85 Starting at $599.85 $709.85 $599.85$709.85
    Join two art historians and award-winning Professors on sumptuously illustrated tours of three of the world's greatest art museums—that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! Start in New York City with Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Then, continue on to London and grasp the breathtaking scope of European painting between 1200 and 1900 in Museum Masterpieces: The National...
  18. (Set) Art across the Ages & Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $774.90 $774.90$774.90
    Discover intriguing new perspectives on some of history's greatest artists and masterpieces. Start with Art across the Ages, a mind-broadening survey of Western visual art that provides you with a strong foundation for deeper exploration. Then, embark on a memorable trip through one of America's greatest art museums and its astonishing collection of works in Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  19. 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...
  20. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.80 Starting at $799.80 $799.80 $799.80$799.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Optimizing Brain Fitness; Black Holes Explained; Museum Masterpieces: The Lourve; and The Origins of Ancient Civilization 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...