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Art history, from Ancient Greece to Andy Warhol
“Illuminating” —The New York Times
“A work of art” —The New York Times
A sweeping overview of Western art
Title, artist, medium, and date--usually that’s the only information offered by museum placards. But as historian Michael Wood demonstrates, art is so much more than paint on canvas or figures chipped from stone. From the bloody revolution that inspired The Death of Marat to the postwar exuberance of Andy Warhol's Campbell’s Soup Cans, Wood reveals how Western art mirrors Western culture, each work forever reflecting the cultural forces, historical events, and social changes that defined its era.
Beginning in ancient Greece and Rome, historian Michael Wood leads this eye-opening tour through 2,500 years of Western art. Four years in the making and filmed at over 150 locations in 8 countries, this nine-part documentary travels from sun-bleached temples to soaring cathedrals, palaces to villas, galleries to gardens, and Soho’s streets to the Arizona desert. The fascinating journey is complemented by close-up views of masterpieces, walks through important buildings, and informative commentary by historians and scholars.
The most important dvd collection I own. Once upon a time you could only buy this collection through the Annenberg /CPB website for educational purposes if you were a teacher. Read morePublished 3 days ago by John Lopez
It is a classic. Yes, written in the sixties. So what. Sir Kenneth Clark is a wonderful host, I love his narration. I watch this over and over again. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Theresa Anne Kelly
Presentation is a bit dry, focuses on the history in which the painting/art was created. The Sister Wendy or Michael Wood DVD's are much more entertaining and insightful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. B.
i hate to say this, but i thought this series was awful (way too little time spent on painting in general and individual paintings when referred to). Read morePublished 4 months ago by teresa
This is superb. I know I need to add more words, but what can you say after that? OK -- Michael Wood is a master of his art.Published 4 months ago by C. Higgins
My 13 year old hates this..... it is from the 80's and British so expect dry and "what in the world are they wearing".... BUT... Read morePublished 5 months ago by John T. B.