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How Art Made the World

 

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These galleries represent some of the art used in the making of "How Art Made the World," and offer a glimpse into the epic story of how mankind was driven to create some of the most powerful images in the world.

EPISODE 1 - MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN

Venus

Up Close with the Venus
One of the earliest sculptures of the human body ever made.

Clearest Angle of the Body

Clearest Angle of the Body
Illustrates how Egyptian artists turned 3-dimensional human bodies into 2-dimensional wall paintings.

The Perfect Physique

The Perfect Physique
Greek sculptors evolved the depiction of the human body over time.

EPISODE 2 - THE DAY PICTURES WERE BORN

The Animals of Altamira

The Animals of Altamira
The first prehistoric pictures to be seen by modern man.

Rock Paintings of South Africa

Rock Paintings of South Africa
Images of what the San bushman saw in trance state.

Altered States of Consciousness

Patterns in the Dark
What your mind's eye sees in the dark.

EPISODE 3 - THE ART OF PERSUASION

Persian Political Art

Persian Political Art
Darius the Great creates art with a political message.

Image Power

Image Power
Alexander mints coins bearing the likeness of his face.

Augustus Shapes his Lie

Augustus Shapes his Lie
A roman politician uses art to gain control of the empire.

EPISODE 4 - ONCE UPON A TIME

Battle of the Elamites

Battle of the Elamites
King Ashurbanipal's epic story featuring a beginning, middle, and end.

Blinding the Cyclops

Blinding the Cyclops
The Greeks used their myths to develop psychologically believable characters.

One Picture Tells a Whole Story

One Picture Tells a Whole Story
Aborigines use a single image to tell a complex story.

EPISODE 5 -TO DEATH AND BACK

Skull Portraiture

Skull Portraiture
Ancient Jericho artist decorate the skulls of the dead for keep-sakes.

Documentary Sacrifice

Documentary Sacrifice
The Moche civilization of Peru modeled their art after human sacrifice.

Industrial Slaughter

Industrial Slaughter
The Aztec rulers used large-scale human sacrifice to keep their people in line.

A Happy Afterlife?

A Happy Afterlife?
Tomb paintings show the Etruscan belief in heaven, and hell.