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The History of Western Art

This authoritative and thought-provoking series covers the Medieval Period to the Post Impressionist Age, and employs powerful graphic images to entertain and inform the student and the art lover. Spectacular landscapes set the backdrop for the encompassing look at great moments in art history.
  • Title ID 39-HWA
  • Fine Arts, Art History
  • 6 Programs
  • 7 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Published by Cromwell
Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

Volume 1: Light in the DarknessRunning time is 32 minutes

This program presents Gothic Art and western art, artists, and painters of the Late Medieval Period to the Renaissance, including Giotto, Van Eyck, Brunoleschi, Massachio, Donatello, Rogier van der Weyden, and Botticelli.

Volume 2: A New DawnRunning time is 31 minutes

This program presents Western Art, artists, painters, the Renaissance, the Golden Age and the Reformation of Medieval Florence, and it includes the art and artists Michelangelo, Raphael, Da Vinci, Holbein, Durer, Titian, Ambassadors, Mona Lisa, The Last Judgment, The Last Supper, David, and the Sistine Chapel.

Volume 3: The Age of SplendorRunning time is 31 minutes

This program presents Western Art, artists, painters, Baroque, Baroque painting and sculpture, and the Dutch masters and others, including Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Caravaggio and Bernini, as well as the art masterpieces Las Meninas, Marriage a la Mode, The Conversion of St Paul, and The Lion Hunt.

Volume 4: Reason and EnlightenmentRunning time is 31 minutes

This program presents Western Art, artists, painters, The Age of Rococo, and the artists Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Chardin, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Copely, François Boucher, David, and the masterpieces The Blue Boy, The Rakes Progress, and Saying Grace.

Volume 5: Passion and RevolutionRunning time is 32 minutes

This program presents Western Art, artists, painters, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Romantic Period, Romantic Art, and landscape painters, including Constable, Turner, Goya, Jacques Louis David, Marat, Eugène Delacroix, Caspar David Friedrich, and the masterpieces, The Third of May, The Hay Wain and Rain, Steam and Speed.

Volume 6: A New VisionRunning time is 31 minutes

This program presents artists, painters, Paris as the Europe's center for art, Impressionism, Post Impressionism, and the artists Cezanne, Seurat, Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, and the masterpieces Dance at the Moulin de la Galette, La Mont St. Victoire, and The Bathers.

Supplemental Files

MARC Records for HWA
MARC records for the series The History of Western Art
Transcription for Volume 1: Light in the Darkness
Transcription for Volume 2: A New Dawn
Transcription for Volume 3: The Age of Splendor
Transcription for Volume 4: Reason and Enlightenment
Transcription for Volume 5: Passion and Revolution
Transcription for Volume 6: A New Vision


This survey of artistic accomplishments stretching from the medieval period to the Postimpressionist age features an abundance of paintings, varied location shots, and fast-paced voice-over narrations. Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, David, Goya, and Cezanne are among the artists studied for their contributions to baroque, rococo, and other art styles and eras. Dozens of masterpieces--including The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, The Conversion of St. Paul, and Blue Boy --are explored and viewed...this series offers a worthwhile overview for both art aficionados and students.