civilizations renaissances

Preview: Renaissances

Travel east and west to explore the connections and rivalries between Renaissance Italy and the Islamic empires that experienced their own cultural flowering in the 15th and 16th centuries. Both spheres were open to influences flowing both ways.

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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