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.

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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. (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.
  2. (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
  3. (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...
  4. (Set) Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism  Set

    (Set) Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance & 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
  5. (Set) History of the Bible, Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations, Black Holes Explained, & The Louvre  Set

    (Set) History of the Bible, Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations, Black Holes Explained, & The Louvre

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.80 Starting at $799.80 $799.80 $799.80$799.80
    Broaden your intellectual horizons in everything from ancient history to cosmology with this dynamic four-course set. Get compelling answers to provocative questions about the development of the New Testament in The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon. Unearth profound secrets about ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and other fascinating cultures in Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations. Get up...
  6. (Set)  Fundamentals of Photography &Metropolitan Museum of Art Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography &Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
  7. (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...
  8. (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.
  9. (Set)  History of European Art & Museum Masterpieces: The Met Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  10. (Set) Understanding Great Art  Set

    (Set) Understanding Great Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,144.80 Starting at $1,144.80 $1,349.80 $1,144.80$1,349.80
  11. (Set)  Become an Educated Traveler Set

    (Set) Become an Educated Traveler

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $4,424.40 Starting at $4,424.40 $4,424.40 $4,424.40$4,424.40
    Whether you jet-set all over the world, or travel from your armchair with the aid of these gorgeously visual courses, the 12-course set on Becoming an Educated Traveler will give you everything you need to make the most of your trips. Travel from Rome to China, as well as back and forth in time, to learn from renowned experts about the context and history for some of the most amazing places in the world.
  12. (Set) How to Look at and Understand Great Art & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Change the way you look at and appreciate art with this highly enjoyable two-course set. Start by exploring the practical skill of viewing art through the lenses of line, perspective, composition, and other elements with How to Look at and Understand Great Art. Then, put your newfound skills to use on a virtual tour of one of the world's most iconic art museums in Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre.
  13. (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.
  14. (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
  15. Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi Set

    Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,619.65 Starting at $2,619.65 $2,619.65 $2,619.65$2,619.65
    In this engrossing seven-course set, explore some of the world's greatest cities, countries, and civilizations—all from the comfort of your own home. Journey back to the cultural wonders of 14th- and 15th-century Italy with The Italian Renaissance and The Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance. Then survey the fascinating histories of four great civilizations with Ancient Greek Civilization, The History of...
  16. (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, History of the Bible, & Experiencing Hubble  Set

    (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, History of the Bible, & Experiencing Hubble

    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 Optimizing Brain Fitness, delve into the fundamental concepts and practical applications of your brain and how it works. Investigate black holes, the...
  17. (Set) The Everyday Guide to Wine & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre  Set

    (Set) The Everyday Guide to Wine & Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Experience some of the best that French culture has to offer with this two-course set. Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre provides a fascinating overview of this precious national showcase, as well as some of beautiful examples from the museum's remarkable collection of paintings. Then explore French (and other) wines with 24 engaging lectures delivered by a Master of Wine and certified Specialist of Spirits in The...
  18. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London & Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art  Set

    (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London & 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
    Stroll through the breathtaking galleries of two of the world's most prestigious art museums—all from the comfort of your own home. Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London is a memorable introduction to the grand European paintings that populate this cherished institutions hallways. Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an equally memorable exploration of the departments of New York...
  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) 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.