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Painting is unquestionably more than a simple activity. It’s imperative to understand the objects in the painting or the actions that are being done by the subjects. In this [course_title], you’ll get an introduction to the History of Painting including some best-known Renaissance painting such as Antonio del Pollaiuolo’s Hercules and Deianira (c. 1475-80), Garofalo’s The Conversion of Saint Paul, Peter Paul Rubens’s Hero and Leander, etc. Additionally, discover how to interpret a painting in a particular style.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Open Culture

Course Curriculum

Lecture 1, Introduction to History Painting 01:03:00
Lecture 2, Unintended Consequences: Antonio del Pollaiuolo’s Hercules and Deianira (c. 1475-80) 01:01:00
Lecture 3, Darkness to Light: Garofalo’s The Conversion of Saint Paul 00:51:00
Lecture 4, “But, Lord, He Stinketh!”: Marco Pino’s The Resurrection of Lazarus 01:07:00
Lecture 5, Against Nature: Peter Paul Rubens’s Hero and Leander 01:00:00
Lecture 6, “To Paint the Way the Spartans Spoke”: Gavin Hamilton’s The Death of Lucretia 01:03:00
Lecture 7, Benjamin West’s Agrippina Landing at Brundisium with the Ashes of Germanicus 00:57:00
Lecture 8, John Trumbull and Historical Fiction: The Battle of Bunker’s Hill, June 17, 1775 (1786) 00:56:00
Lecture 9, Find the Hero: Ary Scheffer’s The Retreat of Napoleon’s Army from Russia in 1812 (1826) 01:00:00
Lecture 10, Handwriting on the Wall: John Martin’s Belshazzar’s Feast (1820) 01:00:00
Lecture 11, History at the Academy & the Salon: Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutant 01:03:00
Lecture 12, History Painting after Two World Wars: Anselm Kiefer’s Die Ungeborenen 01:11:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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