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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    Civilizations

    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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    Civilizations

    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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    Civilizations

    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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    Civilizations

    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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    Civilizations

    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

    Video thumbnail: Civilizations Manet Twists the Conventions of Art

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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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    Civilizations

    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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    Civilizations

    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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    Civilizations

    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?