How to Look at and Understand Great Art

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What does it take to truly know what you're seeing when you look at art? What technical skills and knowledge are needed to unpack the hidden significance of paintings, sculptures, prints, and more? These 36 lectures take you on an in-depth exploration of the practical skill of viewing art through the lenses of line, light, perspective, composition, and other crucial elements of craft and technique. Award-winning professor and art scholar Dr. Sharon Hirsh gives you the specific visual and interpretive knowledge you need to approach great artworks, find their deeper meanings, and reach startling new levels of appreciation. In building your viewing skills, the opening lectures give you practice with the core technical tools for understanding visual art: color, line composition, and signs and symbols. Then, you'll apply your technical knowledge to major works in each genre, exploring various types of drawings, the vast spectrum of sculpture, and the important traditions within painting and printmaking. To deepen your insight, additional lectures are devoted to the importance of landscapes, portraits, and self- portraits. You'll also use your newfound skills to explore the major eras and movements in Western art, from the Renaissance to the present. You'll encounter the stunning diversity of artworks from the early Renaissance to the Baroque, from 19th-century.

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