Category Archives: Art

A new look at Rococo

The Rococo style of European art has always left me cold: too pastel, too frivolous, too pretty. I’m more into¬† the Renaissance painters and the Impressionists. But with UCSD art historian William Norman Bryson as my guide in his new … Continue reading

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Classes to start at UCSD, UCLA

The new rosters of course podcasts are now online for UC San Diego and UCLA. A couple of my favorite profs are making return appearances. At UCLA, Thomas Bradbury will be teaching another edition of his great psychology course Intimate … Continue reading

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Formations of Modern Art

If you’ve missed art historian William Norman Bryson’s lively introduction to the French Impressionists and other moderns, now is a good time to check out his UC San Diego course Formations of Modern Art (feed). The course is now available … Continue reading

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In need of a fine arts fix?

Check out Smarthistory.org for an uplifting dose of culture to help get you through the day. This multimedia buffet of art history began in 2005 when Pratt Institute Prof. Steven Zucker and Museum of Modern Art digital learning director Beth … Continue reading

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UCSD, UCLA classes begin this week

New class rosters are up at the UCSD and UCLA podcast websites. A few of my old favorites have returned. You might want to check out these: Introduction to Political Theory (feed) Brian Walker, UCLA. UCLA Professor Brian Walker has … Continue reading

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A great art history class from UCSD

For a lively romp through the modern art of Japan and China, check out art historian William Norman Bryson’s current UC San Diego course 20th Century Art of China and Japan (feed). This course is likely to disappear within a … Continue reading

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Treasure trove of courses at UCSD

University of California San Diego is offering a record 63 courses available for free download on its podcast website this quarter, enough to fill your mp3 player for months to come. But carpe diem, seize the day. Most of these … Continue reading

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A new Shakespeare portrait?

In case you missed all the recent hoopla about the possibility that a painting of an unknown 17th century nobleman could be a likeness of William Shakespeare, check out Shakespeare Found (iTunes), an interview with Professor Stanley Wells, Chairman of … Continue reading

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A different take on the Impressionists

Update Sept 22, 2010: This post is about the 2008 version of the class.¬† The 2010 feed is here. As UCSD Professor William Norman Bryson moves towards the finish line in his course Formations of Modern Art (2010 feed), he … Continue reading

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Art history from UCSD

Update Jan. 2009: This course is no longer available. UCSD Art historian William Norman Bryson offers a lively and entertaining introduction to the French Impressionists and other moderns in Formations of Modern Art (website, feed). Although the podcasts are audio-only, … Continue reading

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