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.


"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!"

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