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Masterpieces of Renaissance Art in American Museums


This course was available in the past and may be presented again as part of the Open Enrollment curriculum.

This one-day course will focus on Renaissance works of art in American museums. Paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from ca. 1300 to 1600 from Italy, Northern Europe, and Spain in U.S. public collections will be discussed in the contexts of the history of collecting of the “old masters” in this country and the concept of "masterpiece." After an introduction to this history, the course will explore the collections of museums ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and the Morgan Library & Museum in New York; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, and the Huntington Art Gallery in the Los Angeles area. Other museums in Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Sarasota, and San Francisco will also be considered, and special emphasis will be placed on the Art Institute of Chicago.


Online registration deadline: Monday, August 15

Remote courses require you to login to Canvas to access the Zoom Classroom. You will receive an invitation to join Canvas about a week before your course begins. Please visit the Liberal Arts Student Resources page to find step by step instructions for Canvas and Zoom: Online Learning Resources