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The Second Moment of Creation
The first film by Simon Schama in Civilisations looks at the formative role that art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself.
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How Do We Look?
Mary Beard looks at images of the human body in ancient art, seeking answers to fundamental questions at the heart of ideas about civilisations.
Why have human beings always made art .. show full overview
Simon Schama examines one of our deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature.
Simon discovers that landscape painting is seldom a straightforward description of observed nature; .. show full overview
The Eye of Faith
Mary Beard broaches the controversial, sometimes dangerous, topic of religion and art.
For millennia, art has inspired religion as much as religion has inspired art. Yet there are .. show full overview
The Triumph of Art
Think Renaissance and you think Italy. But in the 15th and 16th centuries the great Islamic empires experienced their own extraordinary cultural flowering.
The two phenomena did not .. show full overview
In the 15th and 16th centuries distant and disparate cultures met, often for the first time.
These encounters provoked wonder, awe, bafflement and fear. And, as historian of empire .. show full overview
Simon Schama begins with the great Gothic cathedrals of Amiens and Chartres to look at the links between colour, spirituality and civilisation.
He then moves to 16th century Venice .. show full overview
The Cult of Progress
David Olusoga’s second film in Civilisations is about the art that followed and reflected early encounters between different cultures, in this programme he outlines the artistic reaction .. show full overview
The Vital Spark
Simon Schama begins Civilisations with this premise: that it is in art - the play of the creative imagination - that humanity expresses its most essential self: the power to break the .. show full overview
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