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Nature Becomes the Story
Albrecht Altdorfer sidesteps religious conflict by using nature.
Clip: Ep6 | 3m 1s
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Heavenly Paradises on Earth
In Islamic architecture, landscapes reflect a mastery over the natural world.
Clip: Ep6 | 55s
Venetians Embrace Color Over the Drawn Line
For Renaissance art theorists, drawing always came before color.
Clip: Ep7 | 1m 56s
Episode 7 Preview | Color and Light
Explore light and color in art in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy.
Preview: Ep7 | 30s
Goya's Harmony and Chaos
Goya bares witness to the irrational forces unleashed by Napoleon's invasion of Spain.
Clip: Ep7 | 2m 7s
Japan's 18th Century Commercial Art Revitalizes Color
Ukiyo-e demonstrated that every day transitory objects could be considered art.
Clip: Ep7 | 1m 53s
Three Aspects of the Absolute
Out of Hindu metaphysics comes the nearest visualisation you can get to of a trance.
Clip: Ep7 | 2m 8s
Episode 8 Preview | The Cult of Progress
Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology.
Preview: Ep8 | 30s
Otto Dix's Definitive Artistic Statement
Otto Dix and his generation had borne witness to the horrors of World War I.
Clip: Ep8 | 3m 44s
Manet Twists the Conventions of Art
Edouard Manet created a masterpiece famed as a masterclass in visual subversion.
Clip: Ep8 | 2m 30s
George Catlin's Indian Portraits
Despite his interest in portraiture, Catlin he said the Native Americans must perish.
Clip: Ep8 | 2m 18s
Capturing Unspoiled Landscape
Thomas Cole regarded the US landscape as being what he called the undefiled work of Gods.
Clip: Ep8 | 4m 20s
Mondrian's New Visual Language
In the autumn of 1914, Mondrian had an epiphany that would bring true abstraction.
Clip: Ep9 | 2m 20s
The Multitudes of the Displaced
For artist Ai Weiwei, the calamity of our time is the disaster of the displaced.
Clip: Ep9 | 1m 43s
Art from Fiery Immolation
Some of the strongest contemporary art has the magical power of transformation.
Clip: Ep9 | 3m 43s
Flights of Fancy
In December 1942, a Jewish teacher brings art supplies to children held by Nazis.
Clip: Ep9 | 3m 9s
Episode 9 Preview | What Is Art Good For?
Explore art in the age of revolution, war and profound scientific change.
Preview: Ep9 | 30s
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