ART OF THE WESTERN WORLD
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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.
20-page viewer’s guide with an interview with executive producer Perry Miller Adato; a history of frescoes; articles on the windows of Chartres Cathedral, the Paris salons, pop-art controversy, and great artworks lost to history; and timeline of artistic movements
Biographies of major artists and of Michael Wood
Fun facts about oil paints, poems by Michelangelo, and discussion questions at athenalearning.com
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Dr. C. Edward Spann, Retired Dean, College of Fine Arts, Dallas Baptist University
One reason I love it was cited as something some reviewers dislike--I enjoy the variety of viewpoints presented. Art always is an interaction between artist, artwork, and audience, and I quite liked being able to see art from many differing points of view.
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This is a real treasure. Wonderful journey thru the world of art