Civilizations

Season 1
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Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Discover the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and see works of beauty, ingenuity, and illumination across cultures.
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English
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  1. 1. The Second Moment of Creation
    April 17, 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself. Images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America testify to the urge to develop civilizations.
  2. 2. How Do We Look?
    April 24, 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Explore the many functions of the human image in art. Portraits, paintings and sculptures, life-size and colossal, perform a role - assuaging loss, expressing strength, inspiring fear - and were instrumental in depicting the body today.
  3. 3. God and Art
    May 1, 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Trace the relationship between religion and art, which has inspired some of the most ingenious, affecting, and breathtaking works of art ever made. Yet beneath great works of religious art often lie conflict, intrigue and divine mysteries.
  4. 4. Encounters
    May 8, 2018
    54min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    See how seafaring advances 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.
  5. 5. Renaissances
    May 15, 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    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.
  6. 6. Paradise on Earth
    June 12, 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    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, and refuges - the elusive paradise on earth.
  7. 7. Color and Light
    June 19, 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    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.
  8. 8. The Cult of Progress
    June 26, 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    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.
  9. 9. What Is Art Good For?
    July 1, 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Explore the fate of art in the machine and profit-driven world: should art create a realm separate from the modern world, or should it plunge headlong into the chaos while transforming the way we see and live in it?

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