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. (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
  2. (Set) A History of European Art; Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance; Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt; & Masterworks of American Art  Set

    (Set) A History of European Art; Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance; Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt; & Masterworks of American Art

    William Kloss
    Starting at $1,524.80 Starting at $1,524.80 $1,524.80 $1,524.80$1,524.80
    Let renowned art historian and Professor William Kloss share his perspective on breathtaking masterworks of Western art—and the artists who created them—in this four-course set. A History of European Art is your gateway to a comprehensive survey of Western art since the Middle Ages. From there, examine art masterpieces from three great historical locations: Renaissance Italy (The Great Artists of the...
  3. (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
  4. (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.
  5. (Set) Dutch Masters: The Age of Remembrandt & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Dutch Masters: The Age of Remembrandt & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    William Kloss
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
  6. (Set) Cultural Literacy Guide to the Arts  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy Guide to the Arts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,404.30 Starting at $3,404.30 $3,404.30 $3,404.30$3,404.30
    Two of the most satisfying products of human culture: great music and great art. The courses featured in this section offer you a vivid and engaging opportunity to achieve cultural literacy in the richest works of concert music and art the world has ever seen. Led by popular Great Courses professors who are also award-winning composers and trained art historians, these particular courses introduce you to the...
  7. (Set)  A History of European Art & Foundations of Western Civilization Set

    (Set) A History of European Art & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  8. (Set) Masterworks of American Art & A History of European Art  Set on sale

    (Set) Masterworks of American Art & A History of European Art

    William Kloss
    Save up to $641.00 Starting at $88.90 $774.90 $88.90$774.90
    Masterworks of American Art shows you how brilliant artists including Benjamin West, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer helped create a rich portrait of American history from its colonial roots to the brink of World War I. A History of European Art reveals intriguing insights about masterpieces such as Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece, Leonardo's The Last Supper, Van Gogh's Starry Night, and many others. Taken together,...
  9. (Set)  How to Listen to Great Music & History of European Art Set

    (Set) How to Listen to Great Music & History of European Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,039.90 Starting at $1,039.90 $1,219.90 $1,039.90$1,219.90
  10. How to Look at and Understand Great Art & World's Greatest Paintings Set

    How to Look at and Understand Great Art & World's Greatest Paintings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  11. (Set)  How Colors Affect You & The World's Greatest Paintings Set

    (Set) How Colors Affect You & The World's Greatest Paintings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
  12. (Set) Italian Renaissance & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Italian 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
  13. (Set)  Fundamentals of Photography & Worlds Greatest Paintings Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography & Worlds Greatest Paintings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
  14. (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt  Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

    William Kloss
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Savor some of the world's greatest masterpieces of art with this two-course set delivered by noted art historian and professor William Kloss. In The World's Greatest Paintings, join him as he reveals his choices for art history's most important—and impressive—paintings. And in Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt, follow along as he guides you through the wonders of 17th-century Dutch art by artists...
  15. (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt  Set

    (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
    Explore sumptuous masterpieces by some of the most iconic painters in the history of Western art with this richly illustrated course set. The Genius of Michelangelo is a chronological survey of the Renaissance artist's life and accomplishments, including the David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling. And Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt is a powerful introduction to works by Dutch artists, including Jan Vermeer, Frans...
  16. (Set) 30 Masterpieces of Ancient World & World's Greatest Pai Set

    (Set) 30 Masterpieces of Ancient World & World's Greatest Pai

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Let two expert art historians guide you through the sublime art of the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modern eras in this lavishly illustrated course set. First, in Professor Diana K. McDonald's 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World, you'll see some of the greatest works of art ever created and explore the ancient cultures that made them. Then, in Professor William Kloss's World's Greatest Paintings, you'll...
  17. (Set) The History of Spain & World’s Greatest Paintings Set

    (Set) The History of Spain & World’s Greatest Paintings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Explore the majestic unfolding of art and culture with this two-course set. Join an expert in a thrilling course on Spain’s unique history, culture, and people with The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad. Then, participate in a compelling discovery of some of the most significant paintings in Western art with the World’s Greatest Paintings.
  18. (SET) The Complete Painter & World’s Greatest Paintings Set

    (SET) The Complete Painter & World’s Greatest Paintings

    William Kloss
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Learn how paint with help from the masters of today and yesterday in this richly illustrated course set that brings together The Complete Painter: Lessons from the Masters with World’s Greatest Paintings. In the first course, learn the fundamentals of oil painting using the same steps taught at the best art schools around the country. And in the second, embark on a compelling tour of some of the most significant...
  19. (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance Set

    (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Italy is known for its art, particularly the masterpieces that came out of the Renaissance period. This two-course set provides extraordinary insight into both the riveting artists of that time, as well as country that birthed them. The Guide to Essential Italy introduces you this rich country, while Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance covers the works of more than 40 masters.
  20. (Set) How to Draw & The World’s Greatest Paintings Set

    (Set) How to Draw & The World’s Greatest Paintings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Great paintings challenge us to understand them, but all great paintings start with the ability to draw. If you don’t think you have a talent for art, this two-course set is designed to show you differently. Start with learning How to Draw, to gain practical and useful art skills, and then learn how to apply them through appreciation in The World’s Greatest Paintings.