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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.
Very well documented by art history scholars of note. My wife and i are enjoying every episode.
Very similar to Kenneth Clark's series "Civilization"
Very good series on the history of art through the years. It goes from the early masters of art to the Campbell Soup Can.Published 3 months ago by E. Hawk
I am taking a course for college credits and this is just what I need. I am in the process of completing the series . Because of this I will earn3 credits when I pass the exam. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mae
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 5 months 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 5 months ago by Terrianne
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 8 months ago by M. B.