Are you perhaps a little TOO awed when you visit the Denver Art Museum? Then the perfect Academy course for you this spring is DAM Great Art: European and Modern Masters—the eighth in the perennially popular series offered by two of The Academy’s most respected course leaders, Joanne Mendes and Marty Corren.

While this series has often focused largely on a current special exhibition or art collection from a single culture or period, this spring’s upcoming course will range widely across time, continents and genres, to unveil the unexpected connections and overarching themes in paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries, from Europe to the Americas.

2-Bouguereau-Childhood-IdyllHow are families—sacred and secular—portrayed in the early Renaissance, during the 18th century and in DAM’s most popular painting, Bouguereau’s Childhood Idyll from 1900? (The painting from the DAM’s collection is on the right.)  What links Mexico’s Frida Kahlo to such modern iconoclasts as Picasso, Dali and Warhol? And what, if anything, do Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings owe to the impressionist landscapes of Monet, Pissarro and Sisley?

Museum staff and expert DAM docents will guide you expertly through these and many more art mysteries and discoveries. Tour highlights will include iconic paintings in DAM’s special exhibit Modern Masters from the Albright Knox Art Gallery, furniture and decorative arts in DAM’s Moore Gallery, and the recently rediscovered Venetian harbor scene by Canaletto, from 1724—among many other gems.