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on August 3, 2016
Very well written. Though dated in it's approach, cinematography and narration, it is a valuable resource. The work is a good summary of the major art forms from antiquity to the present day. Great learning tool for highschoolers and beginning art students in college. Drink some coffee, though, to help stay awake ! Nevertheless, the content is great and coverage of topics above average.
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on October 10, 2017
Quick, reliable, informative.

Thank you very much.
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on May 3, 2017
Informative and beautifully done.
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on May 10, 2017
I have been waiting for years for this collection to be available in dvd.
This is a real treasure. Wonderful journey thru the world of art
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on December 8, 2016
Exceptional mix of art, history, and culture. The only shortcoming is that the series was completed prior to the Internet explosion. The leads and producers should consider doing a postlude.
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on March 5, 2016
Very well done. Viewing this was an art class assignment in college. The creators of this series also publishes the textbook from the class so it has content. I will purchase the whole series to watch instead of the political crap on TV right now.
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on April 30, 2016
I have enjoyed this since it first came out, because I had copied it from PBS. However, I bought it because I always wanted it on a more up to date system. Whenever, it is updated to a more refined picture image, I will buy it too.
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on June 12, 2014
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... they know their subject-mater, and plenty to be learned for all of us who didn't spend 1/2 million dollars on a art degree. And I just like it, interesting.
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on October 28, 2012
I have to give this survey mixed reviews because it is so uneven. Each of the nine 55 minute episodes (from the Greeks through Contemporary art) is written and directed by someone different.

Moreover, even though historian Michael Wood narrates all nine, each episode gives considerable time to individual art historians of particular periods and artists. So, for example, in episode 7, "Impressionism and Postimpressionism", one art historian gives a wonderfully accessible yet deeply informed commentary on Courbet, Manet and the Impressionists. And then another art historian takes over for the Postimpressionists, and gives a less accessible art jargon filled commentary.

In addition, some episodes try to cover too much and therefore move quickly, while others such as the one on the Baroque, the focus is kept on seven artists: Pietro di Cortona, Borromini, Bernini, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Rubens and Rembrandt, giving lots of screen time to the paintings themselves, something I really appreciated.

And finally, the production values seem really dated, even though it is from the late 1980s. The production notes say they filmed in 150 locations in eight countries, at considerable cost. And yet that is woven with other grainy stock footage of scenery.

All in all, though, it was worth watching, and the price is reasonable.
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on July 1, 2013
I am a fan of Michael Wood and his documentary lives up to his previous documentary entries. I still prefer Lord Clark's Civilization series as the definitive documentary on art but Wood's entry is a close second.
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