• Civilizations -- Flights of Fancy
    S1 E9: Flights of Fancy
    In December 1942, a Jewish teacher brings art supplies to children held by ...
    In December 1942, a Jewish teacher brings art supplies to children held by Nazis. They created art that would give them a momentary escape, if only in their imaginations.
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  • Civilizations -- Otto Dix's Definitive Artistic Statement
    S1 E8: Otto Dix's Definitive Artistic Statement
    Otto Dix and his generation had borne witness to the horrors of World War I. ...
    Otto Dix and his generation had borne witness to the horrors of World War I. They'd also been witness to the death of the nineteenth century faith in an inevitable, unstoppable progress.
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  • Civilizations -- George Catlin's Indian Portraits
    S1 E8: George Catlin's Indian Portraits
    Catlin was by no means indifferent to the suffering of the people whose faces ...
    Catlin was by no means indifferent to the suffering of the people whose faces appear in these paintings. But he didn't produce them in order to take part in some campaign to save the native Americans, ...
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  • Civilizations -- Manet Twists the Conventions of Art
    S1 E8: Manet Twists the Conventions of Art
    In what's considered his last great work, Edouard Manet created a masterpiece ...
    In what's considered his last great work, Edouard Manet created a masterpiece famed as a masterclass in visual subversion.
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  • Civilizations -- Capturing Unspoiled Landscape
    S1 E8: Capturing Unspoiled Landscape
    Thomas Cole regarded the American landscape as being what he called the ...
    Thomas Cole regarded the American landscape as being what he called the undefiled work of Gods.
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  • Civilizations -- Venetians Embrace Color Over the Drawn Line
    S1 E7: Venetians Embrace Color Over the Drawn Line
    For Renaissance art theorists, drawing always came before color. But Venetians ...
    For Renaissance art theorists, drawing always came before color. But Venetians see art and the world quite differently.
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  • Civilizations -- Heavenly Paradises on Earth
    S1 E6: Heavenly Paradises on Earth
    In Islamic architecture, landscapes reflect a mastery over the natural world.
    In Islamic architecture, landscapes reflect a mastery over the natural world.
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  • Civilizations -- Landscape as Ideology
    S1 E6: Landscape as Ideology
    In Li Cheng's hands, landscape art became not a depiction of the natural world, ...
    In Li Cheng's hands, landscape art became not a depiction of the natural world, but a kind of official ideology, promoting order.
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  • Civilizations -- Nature Becomes the Story
    S1 E6: Nature Becomes the Story
    Albrecht Altdorfer sidesteps religious conflict between Protestants and ...
    Albrecht Altdorfer sidesteps religious conflict between Protestants and Catholics by using nature.
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  • Civilizations -- Artemisia's Most Subversive Work
    S1 E5: Artemisia's Most Subversive Work
    Rebelling against any notion that women shouldn't speak until spoken to, ...
    Rebelling against any notion that women shouldn't speak until spoken to, Artemisia refuses to shut her portrait up.
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  • Civilizations -- The Distinction Between Craft and Genius
    S1 E5: The Distinction Between Craft and Genius
    University of London scholar Jerry Brotton discusses how the the Renaissance ...
    University of London scholar Jerry Brotton discusses how the the Renaissance creates a contrast between ars and invenio.
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  • Civilizations -- The Madonna Di Loreto
    S1 E5: The Madonna Di Loreto
    At the Church of San Agostino in Rome, Caravaggio breaks the social and ...
    At the Church of San Agostino in Rome, Caravaggio breaks the social and aesthetic rules of his generation.
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  • Civilizations -- Maria Sibylla's Encounter with the Natural World
    S1 E4: Maria Sibylla's Encounter with the Natural World
    Through illustration, Maria Sibylla explained and painted their life cycle, ...
    Through illustration, Maria Sibylla explained and painted their life cycle, their metamorphosis from caterpillar to chrysalis, to butterfly.
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  • Civilizations -- Paving the Way for Maruyama Okyo's Masterpiece
    S1 E4: Paving the Way for Maruyama Okyo's Masterpiece
    In what's regarded as Maruyama Okyo's greatest work, "Cracked Ice" combines ...
    In what's regarded as Maruyama Okyo's greatest work, "Cracked Ice" combines everything Okyo knew from both Eastern and Western traditions.
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  • Civilizations -- Montezuma and Cortes
    S1 E4: Montezuma and Cortes
    As the Spanish met the Aztecs in Central America, the riches intended to buy off ...
    As the Spanish met the Aztecs in Central America, the riches intended to buy off the Spanish only intensified their lust for gold and conquest.
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  • Civilizations -- New Forms of Spirituality
    S1 E3: New Forms of Spirituality
    Today, especially in the West, art has found new ways to engage with our ...
    Today, especially in the West, art has found new ways to engage with our spiritual impulses, even when the audience is often secular.
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  • Civilizations -- The Day of the Dead
    S1 E3: The Day of the Dead
    The Conquistadors attempted to eradicate all traces of indigenous Mexican ...
    The Conquistadors attempted to eradicate all traces of indigenous Mexican culture and religion. But some glimmers of its past artistic and creative impulses remained.
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  • Civilizations -- The Lion Man
    S1 E3: The Lion Man
    One of the oldest objects of an imaginary being ever discovered, it was carved ...
    One of the oldest objects of an imaginary being ever discovered, it was carved over hundreds of painstaking hours.
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  • Civilizations -- The Sacred Mountain
    S1 E3: The Sacred Mountain
    One of the most spectacular places where the symbolism of the sacred mountain ...
    One of the most spectacular places where the symbolism of the sacred mountain has been turned into a work of art is found deep in the jungle interior of Cambodia.
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  • Civilizations -- Recording Social Norms
    S1 E2: Recording Social Norms
    Though it may have been an unintended consequence, Athenian vase painters ...
    Though it may have been an unintended consequence, Athenian vase painters recorded and then re-enforced ideas of what wives were meant to do.
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  • Civilizations -- The Most Enduring Art Form
    S1 E2: The Most Enduring Art Form
    Our compulsion to create images of ourselves is one of the most intimate and ...
    Our compulsion to create images of ourselves is one of the most intimate and defining statements on who we think we are.
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