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Art History on YouTube

Posted by Susan Benford

Art history hasn't missed the influence of YouTube, but I was curious to what extent (and how successfully) the two had sargent madame xmixed. Here are my top picks for art history videos, none of which exceeds six minutes:

  1. Five hundred years of women in art history, viewed nearly 11 million times. !!!. Women from some of the most famous paintings in the world magically morph into one another. The creator, Phillip Scott Johnson, has also made videos surveying works by famous painters like Picasso, Delacroix, and Matisse, and even created one of van Gogh self-portraits
  2. Famous paintings reenacted by "70 Million by Hold Your Horses" went viral when it was released less than one year ago.  If you're one of the 1.1 million people who hasn't seen this logproduction effort, it is brilliantly creative -- and also great review for any art history survey course! This followup art history video shows and names the actual paintings shown in the former.
  3. an art history survey video, with architecture and sculpture, spanning 35,000 B.C. to 1300 and created by a Professor Mollenhauer.el greco toledo
  4. an AP European art history review which starts with the Italian Renaissance and ends in the 1850s. Primarily famous paintings.  Has brief notes about characteristics of each era.

VOTE for your favorite art history video by clicking on "COMMENTS" below -- and I'll track down its creator and give our feedback!

Images: Above left.  John Singer Sargent, Madame X. Oil on canvas, 82 1/8" by 43 1/4".  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Above Right: El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), View of Toledo. Oil on canvas, 47 3/4" by 42 3/4".  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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    Famous Painters Blogroll

    Anguissola, Three Sisters Playing Chess and Phillip II of Spain

    Beckmann, Blind Man's Buff

    Beckmann, Departure; Self-Portrait in Tuxedo; Sinking of Titanic

    Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

    BonheurPlowing in the Nivernais

    Bonheur, The Horse Fair

    Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights

    Botticelli, Primavera

    Caillebotte, Gustave, The Floor Scrapers; The House Painters; Pont de l'Europe; Paris Street, Rainy Day; Fruit Displayed on a Stand

    Caravaggio, Fashion and Art History

    CaravaggioConversion of St. Paul

    Caravaggio, Young, Sick Bacchus and Basket of Fruit

    Caravaggio, Cardsharps and Fortune Teller

    Caravaggio, St. Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy

    Caravaggio, Taking of Christ (Kiss of Judas)

    Caravaggio Paintings at the Villa Borghese

    Cave Paintings

    Cezanne, Bathers 

    Cezanne, Card Players

    Cezanne, Madame Cezanne Paintings

    Cezanne, Most Famous Paintings

    Cezanne, Red Dress series

    Copley, Paul Revere

    David, Death of Marat 

    David, Death of Socrates

    David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps

    de Kooning, Retrospective at MoMA (Part I)

    de Kooning,Excavation and Painting, 1948 

    de KooningWoman I

    Degas, The Bellilli Family, The Dance Class, In a Cafe (Absinthe Drinker)

    Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People  

    Diebenkorn, The Ocean Park Series

    Duncanson, Robert Seldon.  Art History Welcomes Duncanson 

    Durer, The Four Apostles

    El Greco, Burial of Count Orgaz

    El Greco, View of Toledo

    FontanaPortrait of a Noblewoman

    Frankenthaler, Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea

    Gainsborough, The Blue Boy

    Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Judith Beheading Holofernes

    Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting 

    Ghent Altarpiece.  

    GiorgioneThree Philosophers 

    Goya, Duchess of Alba

    Goya, Family of Charles IV

    Goya, Self-Portrait with Dr. Arrieta

    Goya, The Third of May 1808 

    Goya, Duchess of Alba; Saturn Devouring his Son; Two Old Men; Half-Submerged Dog; Black Paintings

    Grunewald, Isenheim Altarpiece

    Hals, Banquet of the Officers of the St. George Civic Guard

    Hals, The Laughing Cavalier

    Hals, Regents of St. Elizabeth's Hospital

    Hopper, Nighthawks

    Ingres, Grande Odalisque and Portrait of Madame Moissetier

    Ingres, Oedipus and the Sphinx

    Isenheim Altarpiece

    Kahlo, Renowned Frida Kahlo Paintings.  

    Angelica Kauffmann.  Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting and David Garrick.  

    Klimt, The Kiss and Adele Bloch-Bauer

    Lawrence, Great Migration Series

    Leonardo, Lady with an Ermine

    Leonardo, Painter at the Court of Milan, National Gallery, London 

    Leonardo, La Bella Principessa 

    Leonardo, New Mona Lisa

    Leonardo, Benois Madonna and Madonna Litta 

    Leonardo, Savior of the World(Salvator Mundi) 

    Leonardo, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne

    Leyster, Famous Female Painters

    20 Louvre Paintings not to Miss 

    ManetA Bar at the Folies-Bergere

    Manet, Luncheon in the Studio

    Manet, The Old Musician

    Manet, Street Singer

    MantegnaDead Christ

    Matisse Paintings, In Search of True Painting

    Matisse, The DanceThe Music

    Matisse, The Cone Collection

    Matisse, The Red Studio

    Matisse, The Yellow Dress

    Michelangelo, Crucifixion with the Madonna

    Michelangelo, Famous Paintings

    Michelangelo, La Pieta with Two Angels (latest attribution?)

    Michelangelo, St. John the Baptist Bearing Witness

    Modersohn-Becker, Famous Female Painters

    Monet, Impression, Sunrise

    Monet, Nymphaes, Le Pont de l'Europe

    Monet Paintings at the Marmottan Monet Museum

    Monet, Waterlilies

    Morisot, Famous Paintings

    MorisotMore Famous Paintings

    Munch, The Scream

    O'Keeffe, Jack in the Pulpit

    Peeters, Clara

    Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror

    Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

    Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein

    Picasso, Las Meninas

    Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ

    Pippin, Domino Players and Cabin in the Cotton

    Poussin, Assumption of the Virgin

    Raphael, Sistine Madonna

    Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 

    Rembrandt, Night Watch

    Rembrandt paintings at Frick Show

    Rembrandt, Self-Portrait at an Early AgeJeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, The Jewish Bride

    Rembrandt, The Syndics of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild

    Rubens, Venus and Adonis

    Sanchez Cotan, Spanish Still-life

    Sargent, El Jaleo

    Sargent, Madame X

    Sargent, Smoke of Ambergris

    Steen, The Christening Feast 

    Steen paintings at Frick Show

    Tanner, The Banjo Lesson and The Thankful Poor

    Titian, Assumption of the Virgin

    Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne

    Titian, Man with a Glove

    Titian, Nymph and Shepherd, Allegory of Prudence, Jacopa Strada, St. Jerome, Slaying of Marysas

    Titian, Rape of Europa

    Turner, J. M. W, The Fighting Temeraire

    Uccello, Battle of San Romano

    van der Weyden, St. Luke Drawing the Virgin

    van Eyck, Arnolfini Portrait

    van Eyck, Adoration of the Lamb

    van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece

    van Gogh, The Potato Eaters

    van GoghMemory of Garden at Etten; Tatched Cottages; White House

    van Gogh,  Portrait of Madam Trabuc; Morning: Going Out

    van Gogh, Starry Night

    van Gogh, Three Pairs of Shoes

    Vincent van Gogh paintings up to 1889

    Vincent van Gogh paintings, 1888-1890

    Vigee-LeBrun, Marie Antoinette and Her Children, Self Portrait, Self-Portrait with Julie

    Velazquez, Juan de Pareja

    Velazquez, Pope Innocent X

    Velazquez, Overview of Famous Paintings

    Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Vermeer, Saint Praxedis

    Vermeer, The Kitchen Maid

    Vermeer, The Allegory of Painting

    VermeerGirl with the Red Hat

    Vigee-LeBrun, Marie Antoinette and Her ChildrenSelf PortraitSelf-Portrait with Julie

    Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans

    Warhol, Marilyn Diptych and Gold Marilyn 

    Warhol, Mao 

    Whistler, Whistler's Mother

    Anders Zorn

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    Learn about famous paintings to see in these art museums:

    Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY). One of those intimate, small art museums with a stellar collectionExplore famous paintings at the Albright-Knox. 

    Art Institute of Chicago: Plan to see these famous paintings at the Art Institute -- and download an ebook about them.

    Louvre Museum, (Paris): one of the largest art museums in the world! Know which Louvre paintings not to miss in this sortable ebook. 

    Mauritshuis Museum: explore works by renowned Dutch painters

    Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City): download the ebook, Famous-Paintings-Metropolitan-Museum, to learn its must-see masterpieces. Or read the blog post, "Famous Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum". 

    National Gallery (London): with 2300 famous paintings alone in its European painting section, discover highlights to see!  Art Paintings to See at the National Gallery.

    Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam): 10 famous paintings not to miss

    Washington, D.C. Art Museums: Explore forty famous paintings in Washington, DC in this article.

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    Female Artists

    While we long for the time when artists are artists and genderless, that time isn't yet here.

    These are a few of the female artists who've left lasting legacies in the history of painting:

    Sofonisba AnguissolaThree Sisters Playing ChessPhillip II of Spain

    Rosa Bonheur.  Plowing in the Nivernais.  Horse Fair.

    Lavinia Fontana. Portrait of a Noblewoman.

    Helen Frankenthaler. Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea. 

    Artemisia Gentileschi.  Judith Beheading Holofernes.  Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting.

    Frida Kahlo.  Frida and Diego Rivera.  The Two Fridas.  The Love Embrace of the Universe. 

    Angelica Kauffmann.  Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting.  David Garrick.

    Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun.  Self-Portrait; Marie Antoinette and Her Children; Self-Portrait with Julie

    Judith Leyster.  Self-Portrait.  The Proposition. 

    Paula Modersohn-Becker. Self-Portrait with an Amber Necklace. Still Life with Goldfish. 

    Berthe Morisot.  Refuge in Normandy.  The Cradle. 

    Georgia O'Keeffe. Jack in the Pulpit Series. 

    Survey of Female Artists

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