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The Entrepreneur's Toolkit (Transcript)

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The Entrepreneur's Toolkit is the companion book to the audio/video series of the same name. It contains a full transcript of the series as well as the complete course guidebook which includes lecture notes, bibliography, and more.

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Great paintings challenge us to understand them, to penetrate their mysteries, and to appreciate their riches. But within the vast history of art, there exist only a small number of paintings that transcend the traditional role of art to become cultural signifiers—works that allow us to comprehend more deeply the world and our place within it. So what distinguishes one of these select masterworks? Dazzling in their visual impact and their grip on the imagination, the world's greatest paintings challenge the conventions of the art of their times, extending or transforming the painter's visual language and broadening the impact of art in Western societies; serve as visual anchors of faith, politics, philosophy, mythology, literature, and every phase and aspect of social history; and depict human life in visions of enduring power, reflecting and affecting the times and cultures in which they were created. Now, in 24 illuminating lectures, The World's Greatest Paintings leads you in a compelling discovery of some of the most significant paintings in Western art. Taking you from the 14th century to the 20th, distinguished art historian and veteran Great Courses Professor William Kloss reveals a group of works that, in his expert judgment, rank among the greatest paintings ever made. The World's Greatest Paintings explores one of the supreme legacies of human life, opening rich perspectives on Western civilization through your encounter with these daring and sublime works of art. Enter the Richness of the Painter's World From the opening lecture, Professor Kloss demonstrates that his aim is to make you feel welcome and comfortable in the company of paintings. With this focus, he guides you in a direct and engaging encounter with the images themselves, challenging you to consider how and why these paintings affect us, and inviting you to join him in looking deeply into the painter's multidimensional visual realm. Focusing on 65 masterpieces of Western painting, including key works by Giotto, Titian, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Picasso, The World's Greatest Paintings offers you a vivid, visceral encounter with genius, shining light on the unique technical, stylistic, and expressive achievements of each painting. As a foundation for the inquiry, you consider ways of defining greatness in painting: Uniqueness: The qualities that set a painting apart from all others in a way that influences or changes the course of art Impact: A painting's effect on viewers, both initial and cumulative Emotional and intellectual resonance: The deepening, comprehensive experience of a painting, justifying its initial impression Throughout the series, you witness the depth of painting's interface with Western social institutions, culture, and thought. Beginning with the 14th-century religious masters, you see how painting affirmed the foundations of Christian theology in the glorious images of Duccio, Masaccio, and Grünewald. You see how painters responded dramatically to political events in David's stark portrayal of the assassinated Jean-Paul Marat and in Delacroix's allegorical Liberty Leading the People. And you see Western social culture eloquently revealed in scenes of life by Bruegel, Steen, Hals, and Manet. Rather than tracing particular schools or isms, the lectures are arranged chronologically, showing what painters of contrasting traditions and cultures were doing in the same time periods, thus following the progressive unfolding of each painter's art. And with most lectures limited to only two to three paintings, you enjoy the rare chance to hear an expert talk at length about each carefully selected work. Landmarks of a History-Shaping Art F

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