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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.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Second Moment of Creation||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.||53:08||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHow Do We Look?||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.||53:28||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGod and Art||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.||53:27||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEncounters||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.||53:37||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRenaissances||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.||53:28||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoParadise On Earth||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.||53:01||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoColor and Light||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.||52:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Cult of Progress||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.||53:26||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWhat Is Art Good For?||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?||52:57||$2.99||View in iTunes|
Very well done although a bit repetitive episode to episode. Highly recommend.
The series is great but with one caveat
I recently watched the first episode of the actual BBC Civilisations episode broadcast in England. Based on that I decided to purchase the entire season from iTunes. Imagine my surprise when the first episode of the iTunes downloaded version turned out to be quite different than the original BBC version. It is still very good but it has been edited for what I believe are school kids. Nothing wrong with that, but the BBC version is much more adult in its analysis and descriptions of customs of ancient cultures. Also quite a few scenes in the BBC version are missing and replaced with a much longer segment on Mayan culture. Just thought you should know and not be surprised like I was. Also, the version downloaded as 720p although my iTunes is set to download 1080p so HD in this case is 720p.
So if you have young children- rest assured they can watch this very informative series about world cultures and not be exposed to any R rated art or violence.
I've been to Rouffignac Cave in France and seen its prehistoric art. This is better.