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    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The History and Legacy of America’s Largest Art Museum

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The History and Legacy of America’s Largest Art Museum chronicles the remarkable history of the museum and highlights some of its most important pieces. You will learn about the Met like never before. 

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    • Florence: The History and Legacy of the Birthplace of the Renaissance

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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    Most historians credit the city-state of Florence as the starting place of the Italian Renaissance, a process carried out through the patronage and commission of artists during the late 12th century. If Florence is receiving its due credit, much of it belongs to the Medici family, a Florentine dynasty that ruled at the height of the Renaissance. Both Leonardo and Michelangelo were members of Lorenzo de Medici's court. The famous leader, who also considered himself an artist and poet, became known for securing commissions for the most famous artists of the age.

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    • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-19

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    • History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Jackson Pollock

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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    History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Jackson Pollock looks at the personal background that led Pollock to become an artist and the cultural climate in which he rose to fame. Pollock's formal technique and artistic legacy are also analyzed, including his working methods and education. You will learn about Pollock like never before, in no time at all.

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    • Monet & Renoir

    • The Lives and Legacies of the Famous Impressionist Artists
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
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    To get a sense of the kind of prestige that Claude Monet enjoys within the art world, one need only learn that his Le Bassin Aux Nympheás (1919) - from his series of paintings featuring water lilies - sold for the equivalent of more than $70 million. This is a staggering price, especially considering that early in his life, Monet had been so poor and debt-ridden that some of his paintings were taken from him by creditors.

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    • Quick primer ✅

    • By Joe Mar on 02-08-18

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    • The Life and Legacy of Renoir

    • History's Greatest Artists
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir stands alongside Claude Monet at the very peak of Impressionist painting, and though neither of them can be credited with founding the movement (that honor likely goes to Edouard Manet or Edgar Degas), Renoir and Monet remain inextricably tied to the key characteristics of Impressionism: loose brushwork; outdoor painting; an emphasis on capturing natural light and shadow; and a focus on remaining in Paris and the surrounding countryside.

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    • The Virgin of Guadalupe

    • The History and Legacy of One of the Catholic Church's Most Venerated Images
    • By: Charles River Editors, Gustavo Vazquez-Lozano
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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    No other artwork in the world is comparable to the Virgin of Guadalupe. What makes this painting unique - located in the Basilica of Guadalupe, north of Mexico City - is not precisely its artistic quality, as is the case with the Mona Lisa by Leonardo or The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, nor its place in the evolution of painting.

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    • The Eiffel Tower: The History of Paris' Most Famous Landmark

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Maria Chester
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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    Though it may be hard to believe today, the Eiffel Tower was initially met with derision by many Frenchmen, some of whom compared it to the Tower of Babel and complained that the “useless and monstrous” structure would obscure treasures such as Notre Dame. In response to such criticisms, Eiffel himself pointed out, “Can one think that because we are engineers, beauty does not preoccupy us or that we do not try to build beautiful, as well as solid and long lasting structures? Aren't the genuine functions of strength always in keeping with unwritten conditions of harmony?

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    • By Shesgotmmph on 10-12-18

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    • History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Vincent van Gogh

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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    Vincent van Gogh is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists of all time, and though the critical establishment may not consider him the greatest artist who ever lived, there may be no artist with whom the public has a greater familiarity. Unfortunately, a great deal of that familiarity comes from the circumstances leading up to his death. Of all the things that occurred in van Gogh's tumultuous life and career, the best known thing about him might be that he cut off the lower left lobe of his ear.

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    • The Live of the First Modern Artist

    • By James Darby on 11-12-18

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    • History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Pablo Picasso

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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    Tere is perhaps no artist who produced more art than Picasso, whose enormous oeuvre (which spanned most of his 91-year life) contained a countless number of paintings and drawings. His constant experimentation with form makes him a useful case study through which to chart the growth of modernism as an artistic movement, and many of the artistic trends that would dominate the 20th century. Picasso's works within each medium are also vastly differed.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Andy Warhol

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robin McKay
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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    Few artists of the 20th century were as enigmatic as Andy Warhol, who once remarked, "If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, there I am. There's nothing behind it." This statement is hardly out of character for the famous artist, who remains famous for his cagey answers to interviews and his refusal to speak from the heart.

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