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“First-rate” —The Guardian (U.K.)
“Enlightening and entertaining” —The Sunday Times (U.K.)
The extraordinary art of an overlooked era
The early Middle Ages have been dismissed as a step backwards for civilization—a barbaric time in which warfare and conquest eclipsed learning and progress. But were the “Dark Ages” really so bleak? Art historian Waldemar Januszczak (Every Picture Tells a Story) says no, then takes us on an artistic journey back to this much-maligned epoch to reveal the evidence. He travels from Britain to North Africa and from Byzantium to Spain, finding beauty and refinement where one might have expected only brutality and destruction.
With Januszczak as a gregarious guide, witness the mysteries of early Christian art, Islam’s masterly mosques, intricate Anglo-Saxon metalwork, and the painstakingly illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels. Along the way, discover that the people who rose from the ashes of the Roman Empire did not lack for wisdom or beauty—they created their own age of light.
Writer and filmmaker Waldemar Januszczak has been the art critic for the Sunday Times (U.K.) since 1992. He has twice been honored as Critic of the Year by the Press Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Excellent! I learned a great deal and will go back and watch it again many more times.Published 3 months ago by E. James Archer
Part one of the DVD did not sufficiently address the literature and architecture of the period.Published 4 months ago by Valentine Belfiglio
Very engaging narrator. Have also previously seen his series on the Impressionists. Brings out a lot of interesting background facts as well as putting developments into a broader... Read morePublished 13 months ago by PHP