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."

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  1. (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
  2. (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & A History of European Art  Set

    (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & A History of European Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Explore a wealth of artists and masterpieces from Western art. A History of European Art is your comprehensive guide to rich works of art including Leonardo's Last Supper and Van Gogh's The Starry Night. Then, focus on the life, works, and legacy of Michelangelo—one of Western art's greatest geniuses—in The Genius of Michelangelo.
  3. (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt  Set

    (Set) Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Experience art masterpieces from an iconic European museum and from a dynamic period in art history in this richly illustrated two-course set. In Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London, a noted art scholar and professor provides a memorable introduction to this remarkable institution and its magnificent masterworks. And Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt introduces you to the great masters that came from...
  4. Leonardo da Vinci & World's Greatest Paintings Set

    Leonardo da Vinci & World's Greatest Paintings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  5. (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & A History of European Art  Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & A History of European Art

    William Kloss
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
    Discover new ways to view and appreciate great Western art with this two-course set by distinguished art historian and Professor William Kloss. The World's Greatest Paintings reveals a group of works that span the 14th century to the 20th and that—in Professor Kloss's expert judgment—rank among the greatest paintings ever made. A History of European Art is your gateway to a beautifully illustrated,...
  6. (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...
  7. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Practicing Mindfulness; The Everyday Guide to Wine; Building Great Sentences; and The World's Greatest Paintings 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...
  8. (Set) A History of European Art & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) A History of European Art & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    William Kloss
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Take two revealing tours through Europe's breathtaking artistic tradition. A History of European Art surveys the great works and artists from the Middle Ages to the rise of Modernism. Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance investigates the unparalleled brilliance of artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli.
  9. (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.
  10. (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.
  11. (Set) A History of European Art & Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London  Set

    (Set) A History of European Art & Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery, London

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
    Survey some of the world's most vibrant art masterpieces from the comfort of your own home with this richly illustrated two-course set. In A History of European Art, encounter all the major works you would expect to find, and some completely new works, in this comprehensive study of Western art since the Middle Ages. Then, take a virtual tour of one of Europe's most cherished art museums in Museum Masterpieces: The...
  12. (Set) Masterworks of American Art & Art across the Ages  Set

    (Set) Masterworks of American Art & Art across the Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $774.90 $774.90$774.90
    Find new ways to appreciate and enjoy great art from around the world with this richly illustrated two-course set. In Masterworks of American Art, discover how brilliant artists, including Benjamin West and Winslow Homer, helped create a rich, visual portrait of American history. Then, in the comprehensive Art across the Ages, explore the major artists, styles, and themes from hundreds of years of art history.
  13. (Set) The Everyday Guide to Wine & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) The Everyday Guide to Wine & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    To truly appreciate the finer things in life, it’s important to discern the context. When it comes to wine and art, the more you know, the more you can appreciate. With Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance, you’ll gain a deep understanding of how Italian masterpieces established the definition of beauty. Pair that with Everyday Guide to Wine and become a connoisseur of the tastes, aromas, and language of...
  14. 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...
  15. (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
  16. (Set) Fundamentals of Photography  & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt   Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $644.90 Starting at $644.90 $644.90 $644.90$644.90
    Take a journey of art appreciation and creation with this life-enriching two-course set. First, Fundamentals of Photography teaches you everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience. Then, Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt guides you through the work of more than 100 artists and 450 of their masterful...
  17. (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Museum Masterpieces Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Museum Masterpieces

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  18. (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Enter a world of artistic richness in two courses taught by expert art historians. Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance explores the period's masterful paintings, sculptures, and architecture—and the brilliant artists who created them, including Leonardo, Botticelli, and Titian. Then, focus on the life, masterpieces, and legacy of Michelangelo, the definitive Renaissance man. In The Genius of Michelangelo,...
  19. (Set) How to Look at and Understand Great Art & A History of European Art  Set

    (Set) How to Look at and Understand Great Art & A History of European Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Forever change the way you look at and think about great art with this visually dynamic two-course set. In How to Look at and Understand Great Art, embark on an in-depth exploration of the practical skill of viewing art through the lenses of line, light, perspective, composition, and other crucial elements. Then, apply your newfound knowledge to Europe's most profound artistic masterpieces with A History of European...
  20. (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Monet to Van Gogh Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Monet to Van Gogh

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90