A person wearing a hat and holding a bag of seeds sows a field, next to the words "Crash Course"

Jean Francois Millet, The Sower (detail), after 1850, Carnegie Museum of Art, 19th Century or Earlier Painting Purchase Fund and with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel B. Casey and Mr. and Mrs. George L. Craig, Jr.

Crash Course: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism – Morning

CMOA Theater

$75 (Members: $66, Students: $45)


The period from the late 18th to the mid-19th century witnessed fundamental shifts in all facets of everyday life—monarchies bowed to republics, factories revolutionized production, trains allowed faster travel than ever before, and archaeological discoveries were made at Pompeii and Herculaneum. This time period also saw the start of art history as an academic discipline.

Discover the classical context that led to Neoclassicism, and trace the shift away from classics into the emotionally rich, sublime, and dream-like movement of Romanticism. Then learn how artists turned to Realism to grapple with the truth of the lived experience through studies of peasants and the mundane.

Teachers: You can earn Act 48 (external link) activity hours for participating in this program. Email the Teacher Programs Coordinator at teachers@cmoa.org to request an application.

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About the Instructor

Kylie Seltzer is a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research examines the intersection of race theory and architecture through human displays in late 19th-century Paris. In 2017, Seltzer was awarded the department’s Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award and has served as the Teaching Assistant Mentor for the past two years. Winner of the Graham Foundation’s Carter Manny Award in 2018, she is excited to pursue a career as a professor upon completing her dissertation.


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