Art of the Western World

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Premiered Jan 01, 1989 Unknown

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  • In Our Own Time

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 1/1/89

    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, Andy Warhol.moreless
  • Into the 20th Century

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 1/1/89

    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.moreless
  • A Fresh View: Impressionism and Postimpressionism

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 1/1/89

    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 on the Island of La Grande Jatte.moreless
  • An Age of Reason, an Age of Passion

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 1/1/89

    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, Goya's The Third of May, 1808.moreless
  • Realms of Light: The Baroque

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 1/1/89

    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.moreless
  • The High Renaissance

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 1/1/89

    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.moreless
  • The Early Renaissance

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 1/1/89

    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, Albrecht Durer.moreless
  • A White Garment of Churches: Romanesque and Gothic Art

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 1/1/89

    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, Paray-le-Monial, the cathedral at Chartes.moreless
  • The Classical Ideal

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 1/1/89

    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.moreless