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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/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 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.

Air date:
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 03:00
WGBY 57/HD
Thu Jun 14th, 5:00am
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WGBY World
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/-vGDibXbiJaFzPPWffCMzA==/?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. 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.

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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.

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Tue, 05/15/2018 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/y5d_lAb3DrJlEyLuWa4mqQ==/?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.

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Tue, 05/08/2018 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/sT_b8tbioKPPAWYKZO5zCw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Trace the relationship between religion and art, which has inspired some of the most ingenious, affecting, majestic and breathtaking works of art ever made. Yet beneath great works of religious art often lie conflict, intrigue and divine mysteries. /episodes/get/62306 /episode/62306 God and Art /episode-player/62306

Consider how religion has inspired art and art has inspired divine representation.

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Tue, 05/01/2018 - 03:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/-fKz-Wpxl3H21d5ulLhzKQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Explore the many functions of the human image in art. Portraits, paintings and sculptures, both life-size and colossal, perform a role—assuaging loss, expressing strength, inspiring fear—and were instrumental in depicting the human body today. /episodes/get/62057 /episode/62057 How Do We Look? /episode-player/62057

Explore how we look at the human body in art.

Air date:
Tue, 04/24/2018 - 03:00
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