Professor William Kloss, M.A.

Professor William Kloss
  • Independent Art Historian
  • Oberlin College
Standards of beauty are seemingly endless and contradictory, which is why the rather hopeless phrase 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' was coined.

Professor William Kloss is an independent art historian and scholar who lectures and writes about a wide range of European and American art. He was educated at Oberlin College, where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Art History. He continued his postgraduate work on a teaching fellowship at the University of Michigan and was then awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for two years of study in Rome. As Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia, he taught 17th- and 18th-century European art and 19th-century French art. Professor Kloss has enjoyed a long association with the Smithsonian Institution, presenting more than 150 courses in the United States and abroad on subjects ranging from ancient Greek art to Impressionism to the works of Winslow Homer. He has also been a featured lecturer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and for The Art Institute of Chicago. Professor Kloss serves on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, a presidential appointment he has held since 1990. He is the author of several books, including Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride (2nd edition), which won the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award in the Art Category, as well as a 2009 USABookNews award for Best Book in Art. Most recently, he coauthored the United States Senate Catalogue of Fine Art. He also has written articles published in Winterthur Portfolio, The Magazine Antiques, American Arts Quarterly, and Antiques & Fine Art.

Testimonials

"Professor Kloss is a magnificent teacher.  His style is engaging, his knowledge is vast and he succeeds in communicating his enthusiasm as well as his erudition."

 

"William Kloss is magical in his presentation and choices of pictures.  A true "educator" and "teacher" he evokes so much of the wondrous.  He is contagious."

 

"Dr. Kloss brings art to life in a way I've never before experienced. Vital, engaging, and yes, addictive, this is an incredible course for anyone who loves art, or wants to know how to learn to love it."

60 Courses and Sets

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60 Courses and Sets

  1. The World's Greatest Paintings Sale

    The World's Greatest Paintings

    William Kloss
    4.8 out of 5
    93% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (120)
    Save up to $195.00 Starting at $39.95 $254.95 $39.95$254.95
    Embark on a compelling tour of some of the most significant paintings in Western art with the 24 richly illustrated lectures of The World's Greatest Paintings. Distinguished art historian and Professor William Kloss reveals a group of works that span the 14th century to the 20th and that—in his expert judgment—rank among the greatest paintings ever made. As you explore one of the supreme legacies of human life,...
  2. A History of European Art Sale

    A History of European Art

    William Kloss
    4.7 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (135)
    Save up to $439.95 Starting at $60.00 $519.95 $60.00$519.95
    The development of the arts in Europe from the Middle Ages to the modern era is an astonishing record of cultural achievement, from the breathtaking architecture of Gothic cathedrals to the daring visual experiments of the Cubist painters. A History of European Art is your gateway to this visually stunning story. In 48 beautifully illustrated lectures you will encounter all the landmarks you would expect to find in...
  3. Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance Sale

    Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    William Kloss
    5 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (77)
    Save up to $294.95 Starting at $60.00 $374.95 $60.00$374.95
    No era of artistic achievement is as renowned as the Renaissance, and no country holds a higher place in it than Italy. In this course you experience supreme artworks created in Florence, Rome, Venice, and other Italian cities by such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian—unequaled masterpieces that established a canon of beauty that pervades Western culture to this day....
  4. Masterworks of American Art

    Masterworks of American Art

    William Kloss
    5 out of 5
    100% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (57)
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    What makes a work of art "American”? How do some of our country's greatest paintings depict its rich history? Explore these and other illuminating questions in Masterworks of American Art, taught by acclaimed art historian and Professor William Kloss. This sweeping 24-lecture survey shows you how brilliant artists including Benjamin West, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer helped create a rich portrait of American...
  5. Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt Sale

    Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

    William Kloss
    4.9 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (78)
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $49.95 $374.95 $49.95$374.95
    Holland in the 17th century was home to the most remarkable concentration of artistic talent in modern history, including masters such as Hals, Vermeer, and-of course-Rembrandt. Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt introduces you to this important period in art history. Professor William Kloss, an independent art historian with the Smithsonian Institution, guides you through the work of more than 100 artists and more...
  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) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  8. (Set) The World's Greatest Paintings & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance Set

    (Set) The World's Greatest Paintings & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    William Kloss
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  9. (Set) Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt  & History of European Art  Set

    (Set) Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt & History of European Art

    William Kloss
    Starting at $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $894.90 $894.90$894.90
    Embark on two visually sumptuous tours through European Art. Encounter more than 100 great artists and masterpieces of 17th-century Dutch art in Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt. Then, survey the larger scope of Western art since the Middle Ages in A History of European Art.
  10. (Set) The Renaissance Set

    (Set) The Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,499.80 Starting at $1,499.80 $1,499.80 $1,499.80$1,499.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance; The Genius of Michelangelo; Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance; and The Art of the Northern Renaissance in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to experience the full artistic sweep of the Renaissance...
  11. (Set) Leonardo da Vinci & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance Set

    (Set) Leonardo da Vinci & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Explore the incomparable art and the lives of great masters of the Renaissance in Italy in these two visually rich courses. First, in Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance, explore the life and times of the man whose name is synonymous with inventiveness, curiosity, and creative genius. Then, delve into the art of more than 40 artists who painted and sculpted in this renowned era in history with Great...
  12. (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.
  13. (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
  14. (Set) Art of the Northern Renaissance & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Art of the Northern Renaissance & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
    Follow two expert art historians as they take you through breathtaking worlds of European art in this visually rich two-course set. Start with Art of the Northern Renaissance—a captivating exploration of the art produced by Northern Europeans such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Holbein, and Hieronymus Bosch. Then, re-examine the works and legacies of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, and other Italian...
  15. (Set)  The Development of European Civilization & A History of Set

    (Set) The Development of European Civilization & A History of

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  16. (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Discover what makes a painting or structure truly great with these two richly illustrated courses. In The World's Greatest Paintings, join a renowned art historian as he surveys the most significant paintings from the 14th century to the 20th century and the reasons they're so lasting. Then, in Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity, learn the engineering...
  17. 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...
  18. (Set) Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance; Genius of Michelangelo & Art of the Northern Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance; Genius of Michelangelo & Art of the Northern Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,124.85 Starting at $1,124.85 $1,124.85 $1,124.85$1,124.85
    Find new ways to look at some of the world's greatest artistic masterpieces in this three-course set. In The Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance, you experience supreme artworks created in Italy by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Then, further explore the life, career, and creations of Michelangelo in The Genius of Michelangelo, which offers a substantially new view of...
  19. (Set) The Cathedral & History of European Art  Set

    (Set) The Cathedral & History of European Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  20. (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & World's Greatest Pai Set

    (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & World's Greatest Pai

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90