This free, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) hosted by Coursera teaches masterpieces through the lens of sex and gender. We take you to the rich collections of Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and California’s Huntington Library giving you access to outstanding works from the western tradition and expert tuition from specialist curators and renowned art historians. Each unit will examine the circumstances in which paintings are produced and received, and how contemporary spectators and consumers of art view them. Why do works of art made centuries ago continue to speak so profoundly to us today?