Preview: Civilizations

Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Programs reveal the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures. 

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Paradise On Earth

Explore one of humanity's deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it's a projection of dreams, idylls, escapes and refuges the elusive paradise on earth.

  • 2019-09-18T07:00:00-07:00

Color and Light

Explore the story of light and color in art both in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy. Journey from Gothic cathedrals and Indian courtly painting to modern art.

  • 2019-09-25T07:00:00-07:00

The Cult of Progress

Examine the rise and fall of "progress" as an ideology, and see how the "civilizing" project that arose from Enlightenment ideas was fraught with contradictions that troubled European artists in different ways.

  • 2019-10-02T07:00:00-07:00

What Is Art (Good for)?

  • 2019-10-09T07:00:00-07:00