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Evolution of Art
This program tracks the cultural evolution of art-from the ancient Greeks to the modern world, where art is big business
This program documents an expanded presentation that enables viewers to study and appreciate the museum's vast inventory. The result is a highly effective visual aid for instruction in archaeology, Egyptian history, art history, and other disciplines.
Chinese Art: Treasures of the National Palace Museum
This program spotlights 33 works of Chinese art seldom ever seen outside of the National Palace Museum.
The life of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is examined in this episode of Biography. The immortal Dutch master was a painter and etcher working during the Dutch Golden Age, is considered to be one of history’s greatest artists.
Ye Gods: Religion and Art
This program considers the debt Western civilization owes to paganism, Christianity, and Islam, showing how each religion has influenced the other and how the art of all three continues to exert an effect on the world. Highlighting the lifelike sculptures of ancient Greece that celebrate what it is to be human; the primitive daubs in Roman catacombs, shimmering Byzantine mosaics, and Renaissance crucifixion scenes; and the dazzling arabesques of Egyptian, Turkish, and Spanish mosques, Matthew Collings points out the common humanity underlying three significantly different worldviews.
Save our Souls: Industrialization and Art
Industrialization in the 19th century, and the widespread human exploitation and personal alienation that characterized it, produced a crisis of faith and shook people's confidence in the very concept of civilization. In this program, Matthew Collings follows in the footsteps of John Ruskin, a social critic who interpreted the ills of his era and believed that art could salve, and perhaps even save, the soul. J. M. W. Turner, William Morris, and the Pre-Raphaelites are spotlighted, along with locales particularly significant to Ruskin-the Alps, Venice, his beloved Lake District, and the blasted landscape of over-industrialized northern Britain.
In the Shadow of Hitler: German Art-Post-World War I to the Present
This program focuses on Berlin, where Hannah Hoch, George Grosz, and John Heartfield politicized the anarchist Dada movement, uniting it with the extreme Left. Nearby, the newly formed Bauhaus School, led by founder Walter Gropius and other influential architects and artists, encouraged students to reject history and embrace new techniques, materials, and styles.
Latin American Women Artists: 1915-1995
Featuring the work of legendary painters Frida Kahlo and Maria Izquierdo-as well as living artists Fanny Sanin, Soledad Salame, Elba Damast, and many others-the program reevaluates notions of mainstream and margin in the contemporary art world.
Call Number: Credo Reference
Publication Date: 2013
The Masterworks Collection is a rich collection of art history videos. Each short documentary showcases an artist and a key piece, illuminating the context and history of the work. Comprehensively illustrated and compellingly presented (detailed narration accompanies each film), these films provide a deeper insight into master works of painting.