This series hooks students with modern paintings before moving back in time to make the old masters just as interesting. Host Denise Hicks provides lively commentary on the artists, connecting their styles to the literature and history of their times. She also traces religious influences on art, from the Spanish Inquisition and El Greco’s mysticism to the Protestant Reformation, with Dürer’s line drawings and woodcuts, Cranach’s portrait of Luther, and the faithful pictures Hans Holbein painted to help Henry VIII choose another wife.
Grade Levels: 6-12
Resource Types: 12 Videos
Ash Can Plus
Bellows, Luks, Sloan, Stieglitz, and Marsh.
Cosmopolitans: Looking Toward Europe
Sargent, Whistler, Homer, Eakins, Henri, and Prendergast.
Colonials: Realistic and Romantic
Copley, West, Catlin, Bingham, Bierstadt, Church, and Ryder.
Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable, Turner, and Rossetti.
El Greco, Velásquez, Goya, and Gaudi.
Grünewald, Dürer, Cranach, and Holbein.
17th-Century Dutch Masters
Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer, de Hooch, and Ruisdael.
Jan Van Eyck, Rogier Van Der Weyden, Bruegel, Memling, and Rubens.
Italian Renaissance Painting
Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael.
Parmigianino, Pontormo, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Michelangelo.
Alberti, Brunelleschi, Bramante, Michelangelo, Giulio Romano, Palladio, Bernini, and Longhena.
Chateaux of the Loire
Amboise, Azay-Le-Rideau, Blois, Chambord, Chenonceau, and Cheverny.