Extras

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Civilizations

Episode 6 Preview | Paradise on Earth

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

Episode 6 Preview | Paradise on Earth

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Nature Becomes the Story

Albrecht Altdorfer sidesteps religious conflict by using nature.

Nature Becomes the Story

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Civilizations

Episode 7 Preview | Color and Light

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

Episode 7 Preview | Color and Light

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Goya's Harmony and Chaos

Goya bares witness to the irrational forces unleashed by Napoleon's invasion of Spain.

Goya's Harmony and Chaos

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Venetians Embrace Color Over the Drawn Line

For Renaissance art theorists, drawing always came before color.

Venetians Embrace Color Over the Drawn Line

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Japan's 18th Century Commercial Art Revitalizes Color

Ukiyo-e demonstrated that every day transitory objects could be considered art.

Japan's 18th Century Commercial Art Revitalizes Color

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Three Aspects of the Absolute

Out of Hindu metaphysics comes the nearest visualisation you can get to of a trance.

Three Aspects of the Absolute

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Episode 8 Preview | The Cult of Progress

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

Episode 8 Preview | The Cult of Progress

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Otto Dix's Definitive Artistic Statement

Otto Dix and his generation had borne witness to the horrors of World War I.

Otto Dix's Definitive Artistic Statement

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Manet Twists the Conventions of Art

Edouard Manet created a masterpiece famed as a masterclass in visual subversion.

Manet Twists the Conventions of Art

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Capturing Unspoiled Landscape

Thomas Cole regarded the US landscape as being what he called the undefiled work of Gods.

Capturing Unspoiled Landscape

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George Catlin's Indian Portraits

Despite his interest in portraiture, Catlin he said the Native Americans must perish.

George Catlin's Indian Portraits

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Mondrian's New Visual Language

In the autumn of 1914, Mondrian had an epiphany that would bring true abstraction.

Mondrian's New Visual Language

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The Multitudes of the Displaced

For artist Ai Weiwei, the calamity of our time is the disaster of the displaced.

The Multitudes of the Displaced

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Art from Fiery Immolation

Some of the strongest contemporary art has the magical power of transformation.

Art from Fiery Immolation

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Flights of Fancy

In December 1942, a Jewish teacher brings art supplies to children held by Nazis.

Flights of Fancy

Video thumbnail: Civilizations Episode 9 Preview | What Is Art Good For?

Civilizations

Episode 9 Preview | What Is Art Good For?

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

Episode 9 Preview | What Is Art Good For?