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Civilizations

Civilizations

Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Programs reveal the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/bg-nFCrA32RC5s2XtNLZUg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Explore art in the age of revolution, war and profound scientific change and consider the question: Should art create a separate realm, a place of escape, or should it plunge into the chaos, transforming the way we see and live in the world? /episodes/get/83167 /episode/83167 What Is Art Good For? /episode-player/83167

Explore art in the age of revolution, war and profound scientific change.

Air date:
Tue, 07/03/2018 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/Y331qbZkAyN3IluApCshzQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology, and see how the “civilizing” project that arose from Enlightenment ideas was fraught with contradictions that troubled European artists in different ways. /episodes/get/82925 /episode/82925 The Cult of Progress /episode-player/82925

Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology.

Air date:
Tue, 06/26/2018 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/PgXewd0_cGkrhRboEDnLqA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Explore the story of light and color in art - both in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy. Journey from Gothic cathedrals and Indian courtly painting to modern art. /episodes/get/82514 /episode/82514 Color and Light /episode-player/82514

Explore light and color in art in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy.

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Tue, 06/19/2018 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/g-4A44o21PRHlhVTw7Wd4g==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it's a projection of dreams, idylls, escapes and refuges—the elusive paradise on earth. /episodes/get/82041 /episode/82041 Paradise on Earth /episode-player/82041

Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature.

Air date:
Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/leG2P9opYRjd7rnGkFDDKQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Travel east and west to explore the connections and rivalries between Renaissance Italy and the Islamic empires that experienced their own cultural flowering in the 15th and 16th centuries. Both spheres were open to influences flowing both ways. /episodes/get/62551 /episode/62551 Renaissances /episode-player/62551

Travel east and west— to Renaissance Italy and the contemporaneous Islamic empires.

Air date:
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/PCb9q3oShuETRmIzaxRmxA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false See how advances in seafaring and a thirst for trade and exploration sent human beings around the planet. Distant and disparate cultures met for the first time, and art became the great interface by which civilizations understood each other. /episodes/get/62431 /episode/62431 Encounters /episode-player/62431

See how art became the great interface when distant cultures met for the first time.

Air date:
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 03:00
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