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History of Art: The Enlightenment

Use these online videos to study the History of Art and the art and architecture of The Enlightenment

With this title, you'll discover how the Age of Enlightenment expressed a passion for classical antiquity, symmetry, and balance. Use our 2 online educational video titles to explore the history of the 18th Century from the death of King Louis XIV to the advent of the French Revolution. Discover how the Age of Enlightenment (1715-1789) expressed a passion for classical antiquity, symmetry, and balance...the belief in an orderly universe...and the desire for perfection through knowledge. See magnificent artistic works by Boucher, Chardin, Jacques-Louis David, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Houdon, Reynolds, Watteau, and many others. Examine the developments of Rococo, Academicism, and fashionable salons. Listen to excerpts from musical compositions by J.S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how the philosophical views that prevailed during the Enlightenment were reflected in the art, architecture, and palatial gardens of that historical period.
  • Identify distinguished philosophers of the Enlightenment, such as Rousseau, Diderot, and Locke, and gain insight to the philosophical beliefs of the Enlightenment, or Age of Reason.
  • Identify, too, mathematicians and scientists, such as Descartes, Copernicus, and Galileo, whose work influenced Enlightenment philosophers.
  • Identify characteristics of the Rococo style Name prominent artists of the Enlightenment, including David, Watteau, and Fragonard, and identify some of their famous works of art.
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