Art of the Western World

Season 1
(77)IMDb 8.41989
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 140 locations in 10 countries, this nine-part documentary travels the globe.
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1. The Classical Ideal

The Greeks created a classical ideal against which all subsequent art would be measured; Rome's genius lay in architecture and civil engineering. Featured: the Parthenon, the Altar of Zeus at Pergamon, the Pantheon, the sarcophagus of Juius Bassus.

TV-NRSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: January 1, 1989
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2. A White Garment of Churches: Romanesque and Gothic Art

Romanesque art and architecture were shaped by two powerful forces: pilgrimage and the monastic movement. Later, Gothic cathedrals were filled with divine light. Featured: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Vezelay, sculpture of Gislebertus.

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3. The Early Renaissance

In Florence, classical themes were reborn and merged with Christian values. In the north, the Flemish masters worked in a new medium: oils. Featured: Donatello, Fra Angelico, Brunelleschi's dome, Claus Sluter, the Isenheim altarpiece, Jan van Eyck, Durer.

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4. The High Renaissance

Papal patronage made Rome a vibrant center of art once more. In Venice, the great artists were preoccupied with theatre, nature, and classical style. Featured: Da Vinci's Last Supper, Michelangelo's David, Titian, Tintoretto, Palladio's villas.

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5. Realms of Light: The Baroque

The Counter-Reformation inspired an artistic revival and an exuberant new style. In royal courts, artists expressed the power of the monarch. Featured: Caravaggio, Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Teresa, Belvedere Palace, Rubens, Velazquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt.

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6. An Age of Reason, an Age of Passion

As society revolted against decadence and corruption, artists turned again to classical Greece. The romantic painters in turn elevated individual expression. Featured: Watteau, Syon House, David's The Death of Marat, Ingres, Delacroix, The Third of May.

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7. A Fresh View: Impressionism and Postimpressionism

Once scorned and despised, impressionist paintings today are among the most familiar images in art. Postimpressionists broke new ground with their radical use of color. Featured: Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Deurat's Sunday Afternoon.

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8. Into the 20th Century

Rapid advances in science, thought, and technology led to the secessionists, fauves, and cubists. Dada rejected everything, and architecture went international. Featured: Klimt, Matisse, Picasso, Mondrian, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye.

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9. In Our Own Time

The center of the art world moved to New York, home to abstract expressionism. Artists reacted to postwar society with a bewildering array of styles, and postmodernism mined the past for ideas. Featured: Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, Warhol

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Product details

Genres Special Interest, Documentary
Director Geoff Dunlop, Bayley Silleck, Perry Miller Adato, Mick Gold, Eugene Marner, Teri Wehn-Damisch, Melissa Llewelyn-Davies, Ian Potts, Suzanne Bauman
Starring Michael Wood
Season year 1989
Network Acorn Media
Producers Perry Miller Adato
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices Available to watch on supported devices

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