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ART: Art History

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Smarthistory, "Glossary," in Smarthistory, August 8, 2015, accessed May 5, 2016,


Sister Wendy Beckett leaves the confines of her order in Norfolk, England, to see the art of Europe. In this film, the destination is Rome and the Vatican, and the featured works are Bernini's statue of Apollo and Daphne, Carvaggio's painting the Conversion of St. Paul and Michaelangelo's Pietà. (1994)
Sister Wendy's Story of Painting - 01 The Mists of Time: Part 01


While, Diego Velazquez plays with the tension of the ideal and reality within his painting "Las Meninas," the style in which he paints, depicts his subjects in a realistic manner. For more information on the style which Velazquez employs, you can visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and look at some of his amazing portraits.

Want to interact with one of Velazquez’s paintings?  Here is an interactive image provided by The Prado Museum, where "Las Meninas" hangs.  It has been developed for interested visitors to explore. Interact with the masterpiece for yourself and read more about "Las Meninas."

Interested in learning more about Spanish Baroque art? The Khan Academy site is a good place to start.  It has some great information which includes another video about "Las Meninas."

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Smarthistory, which uses Khan Academy as its primary platform, features 5-10-minute videos of visits by art historians Beth Harris and Stephen Zucker to museums around the world. The platform presents viewers with high-resolution images of individual pieces of artwork, set to recordings of the pair’s semiscripted conversations and reactions to what they’re seeing.

Simon Schama

Born in Naples, Bernini was an exceptional talent from an early age and went on to dominate the art world of 17th century Rome. His work epitomised the Baroque style and his sculpture, church interiors and exteriors and town planning could be seen everywhere. He was also a painter, playwright, costume and theatre designer. Bernini worked under successive Popes; Pope Gregory XV made him a knight and Pope Urban VIII took him as his best friend. He was revered in his time until a jealous rage caused him to have the face of his mistress slashed after discovering her romance with his brother. His reputation fell further after his bell towers for the Cathedral of St Peter's started cracking in 1641. He redeemed himself and kick started his career again with arguably his most famous work, The Ecstasy of St Theresa, in 1652.


Making Manuscripts

An illuminated manuscript is a book written and decorated completely by hand. Illuminated manuscripts were among the most precious objects produced in the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance, primarily in monasteries and courts. Society's rulers--emperors, kings, dukes, cardinals, and bishops--commissioned the most splendid manuscripts.


Videos - Historical
Salvador Dali' on What's My Line 
Salvador Dali Images - Antiques Roadshow
Andy Warhol Interview
Andy Warhol Soup Cans - Antiques Roadshow
Walt Disney & Salvador Dali Short Film 
Duchamp's Fountain 
Coin Making - History
Coin Manufacturing - Low Relief Sculpture
Art History in Song - By Hold Your horses
Lost Art of Automatons
Joan Miro
Rene Magritte
Roy Lichtenstein 
Keith Haring - Emerging Artist
Calder Painting - Antiques Roadshow
Calder Sculpture - Antiques Roadshow
Roy Lichtenstein - Antiques Roadshow
Andrew Wyeth Painting - Antiques Roadshow
Picasso, Rodin, & Matisse - Antiques Roadshow
Diego Rivera - Antiques Roadshow
Norman Rockwell Painting - Antiques Roadshow
Chuck Close Abstract Painting - Antiques Roadshow
Joseph Stella - Antiques Roadshow
Ancient Art - PBS "How Art Made The World"
Michelangelo's David - Context
Art History - Brief Context
Wall-e Credits - Did you know they cover cave art through impressionism? 
William Bentley (Snowflake Photographer)
Matisse Cut Outs at MoMA 
HERB & DOROTHY Free on Hulu with commercials (Minimalist & Modern Art)
Roy Lichtenstein at the Tate Modern - long
The Art That Hitler Hated 1 hour
Andy Warhol - (Fleeting non-detailed nude at the 4.23 mark - TEACHER Preview Please)

TED-Ed : How ancient art influenced modern art - Felipe Galindo

The Art History of the Selfie | The Art Assignment |




Women in Art

BBC Documentary 2015 | The Story of Women and Art - Episode 1 ( BBC Discovery ) The Story of Women and Art is a television documentary series, consisting of three one-hour episodes, on the history of women artists in Europe from the Renaissance onwards, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two in May 2014