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!"

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42 Courses and Sets

  1. (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
  2. (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
  3. (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.
  4. (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...
  5. 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...
  6. (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...
  7. (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...
  8. (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...
  9. (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...
  10. (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....
  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) 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.
  13. (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...
  14. (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
  15. (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
  16. (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
  17. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London & From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $412.00 Starting at $66.90 $509.90 $66.90$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...
  18. (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
  19. 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...
  20. (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...