In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style, a work of art from a great master. He concentrates not just on the art... See full summary »
Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »
In this three-part documentary series Waldemar Januszczak discovers paintings, sculptures and architecture of the Baroque period. Starting from the square of Saint Peter's Basilica in Italy to St Paul's Cathedral in England.
Christianity slowly emerged from being a persecuted minority to the state religion of the Roman Empire. This episode is a history of the ways believers grappled with a way to depict Jesus. ... See full summary »
The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »
Too often students in classrooms wonder, why am I learning about this? What good does it do to me? This is much more so when learning about something so subjective and changing as art. In this series we are shown exactly why art is not only relevant, but a cornerstone of what we, as humans, are. It shows us in a tangible way how we have built our civilizations with art, as well as brick and stone.
This series has a masterful narrative, not too complex for those who know nothing about art, or too simple for the learned. It will take you through ages and different fields of knowledge, shedding light on fundamental subjects like death, power, and the human condition itself. Dr. Nigel Spivey shares the spotlight with other specialists to explain these subjects, accompanied with beautiful shots and images literally from around the world.
How Art Made The World is, in my humble opinion, what teaching should be: interesting, intriguing and fun. After every episode we are left with the strange sensation that there's a bigger world out there, which is at the same time beautiful and haunting. This is something to think about, enjoy and share.
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