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Masterworks of American Art

Premier :: 2012-01-21

Genre :: Documentary

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A lecture series on DVD from The Teaching Company. A nation's identity is expressed through its art. Great painters capture the essence of a culture's brightest hopes, deepest anxieties, and most profound aspirations. They provide an aesthetic road map to a nation's history, recording the lives of its citizens and reflecting the personality of an entire people. In this sweeping survey, you encounter the brilliant paintings of the homegrown masters who documented the birth of our nation from its colonial roots up to the brink of World War I and the birth of Modernism. As you examine this vital artistic tradition in its historical, cultural, and political contexts, you discover how appreciating the legacy of American art is crucial to fully understanding the story of our great nation.

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Series 1 - Episode 1 - Art in the New World
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From its earliest days, the United States has been home to talented, often self-trained artists. In this first lecture, you preview the signature themes, modes, and styles employed by these homegrown geniuses and begin your trip through American art with some of the earliest examples of art of the colonial period.

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+ Episode - 14 The Glow of Peace Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 13 The Civil War in Art Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 4 A Revolution in Art Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 1 Art in the New World Aired - Air date unknown.

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