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Publisher: Zane Publishing
A Turbulent, Heroic Era
Explore the era that began with the French Revolution. Learn how the art of Romanticism expressed a fundamental change in society; the emergence of the common man and the triumph of the individual.
A continuous 20+ minute multimedia Overture dramatically illustrates the History and Art of Romanticism (1789-1860). Explore an era that witnessed Napoleon and Lord Byron, the publication of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Three Musketeers, and the construction of L'Arc de Triomphe.
While viewing the Overture, you have the option of going directly to questions and explanations on the ideas being expressed, to full-screen enlargements of each work of art, to the specialized index on Romaticism included in the supplementary Encyclopedia, or to the text file showing the provenance of each artistic work. This package is ideal for students, scholars, and the just plain curious. And, you can learn at your own pace, sipping the Romantic era like a heady wine, learning what interests you in more detail and later going back for more.
Just click to see magnificent artistic works by Constable, Delacroix, Goya, Turner, and many others. Look at distant scenes from classical antiquity, the Gothic Age, and exotic lands. View ruins in dream-like settings, sunsets and moonlight, shipwrecks, stormy seas, and scenes of struggle and conflict. You even can listen to music inspired by the Romantic era featured in selections from compositions by Beethoven, Chopin. Liszt, and Schumann.
Click again to explore a sample of the evocative, nature-dominated poetry of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Learn how new developments in industry created urban centers replete with factories and smoke-filled skies - diminishing the beauty of the natural landscape. Learn how the Romantic artists, emotionally responding to nature, sought to depict scenes with an overflow of emotions.
See Romanticism as an impassioned time of political and physical action. Such action was best exemplified by the storming of the Bastile, a French prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789, by an angry mob that sought to seize the prison's supply of ammunition. This rebellious event began the French Revolution. The dramatic painting by Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, portrays the patriotic fervor characteristic of Romanticism. Learn more about Napoleon, the consummate Romantic hero, who was daring, brilliant, and brooding. Before meeting his final defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon conquered much of the European continent, exchanging the ideals of the French Republic for those of the Empire.
20+ minute audiovisual Overture on Romanticism
450+ color photos, many full-screen
Student Encyclopedia with 15,000+ informative entries
125+ interactive Questiona with Explanations, and qutomatic Quizzes to reinforce comprehension
Customized electronic Glossary
Requirements: Windows - 386/33 with Windows 3.1 or higher (Windows 95 compatible), 4 MB RAM (8 MB recommended), CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended), VGA (SVGA 640x480, 256 colors recommended), mouse and sound card recommended.
Requirements: MAC - 68030+ Mac (256 colors recommended), System 7+, CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended), 8 MB RAM.
Home PC, March 1995
"History is more than a collection of names and dates; what makes it fascinating is its record of how ideas evolve. The changes are especially captivating when seen in the work of the world's great artists over time."
CD-ROM Today, February 1995
"History Through Art is devoted to what might be called ?mainstream' western art. The series adopts a rather fusty approach to the subject that appears to be derived from art history texts of generations ago...History Through Art is the only game in town when it comes to in-depth surveys of western art on CD-ROM. For that reason alone, plus its low price, it is a worthwhile purchase for schools and libraries. But I'm still waiting for the art history discs of my dreams."
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