Art of the Western World

Art of the Western World

2002 - 2016, Hobbies / Craft, Other
An examination of works of art that define the Western visual tradition.
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Episode Guide

  • Art of the Western World - On Our Own Time (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    On Our Own Time

    Feminist and environmental art.

  • Art of the Western World - In Our Own Time (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    In Our Own Time

    Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol.

  • Art of the Western World - Into the 20th Century (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Into the 20th Century

    Four outstanding architects.

  • Art of the Western World - Into the 20th Century (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Into the 20th Century

    Abstraction becomes a strong force after World War II.

  • Art of the Western World - A Fresh View: Impressionism and Postimpressionism (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    A Fresh View: Impressionism and Postimpressionism

    Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne.

  • Art of the Western World - A Fresh View: Impressionism and Postimpressionism (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    A Fresh View: Impressionism and Postimpressionism

    Manet, Renoir, Degas, Monet.

  • Art of the Western World - Age of Reason, An Age of Passion (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Age of Reason, An Age of Passion

    The playful fantasy and provocative subjects of the Rococo style practiced by Watteau, Fragonard, and Boucher gave way to strict rationalism, which insisted on morality in art and the purity of classical form, as seen in the works of David.

  • Art of the Western World - An Age of Reason, an Age of Passion (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    An Age of Reason, an Age of Passion

    The decadence of 18th-century France provokes artistic and political reaction.

  • Art of the Western World - Realms of Light: The Baroque (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Realms of Light: The Baroque

    Rubens, Diego Velasquez.

  • Art of the Western World - Realms of Light: The Baroque (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Realms of Light: The Baroque

    Pietro da Cortona, Gian Bernini.

  • Art of the Western World - The High Renaissance (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The High Renaissance

    Titian's nudes; Palladio's architecture; "Feast in the House of Levi."

  • Art of the Western World - The High Renaissance (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    The High Renaissance

    Da Vinci's "Last Supper"; Michelangelo's "David" and Sistine Chapel; Raphael's frescoes.

  • Art of the Western World - The Early Renaissance (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Early Renaissance

    Renaissance artists.

  • Art of the Western World - The Early Renaissance (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Early Renaissance

    Renaissance artists.

  • Art of the Western World - A White Garment of Churches (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    A White Garment of Churches

    Sacred architecture: churches.

  • Art of the Western World - A White Garment of Churches (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    A White Garment of Churches

    Sacred architecture: churches.

  • Art of the Western World - The Classical Ideal (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Classical Ideal

    The Roman Empire's achievements.

  • Art of the Western World - The Classical Ideal (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The Classical Ideal

    Evolution of the Greek sculptural ideal.

  • Art of the Western World - In Our Own Time (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    In Our Own Time

  • Art of the Western World - In Our Own Time (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    In Our Own Time

    Feminist and environmental art.

  • Art of the Western World - In Our Own Time (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    In Our Own Time

    Post-World War II art, including works by Jackson Pollack, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and environmental artist James Turrell.

  • Art of the Western World - A White Garment of Churches-Romanesque and Gothic (Episode 40)
    Episode 40:

    A White Garment of Churches-Romanesque and Gothic

    The origin of Gothic architecture is found in the choir of the Abbey Church of St. Denis and the Chartres Cathedral serves as a model of High Gothic style.

  • Art of the Western World - Realms of Light (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    Realms of Light

    Part I: Caravaggio and Bernini. Part II: Paintings by Velazquez and Rembrandt.

  • Art of the Western World - Into the Twentieth Century (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    Into the Twentieth Century

  • Art of the Western World - A White Garment of Churches - Romanesque and Gothic (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    A White Garment of Churches - Romanesque and Gothic

    The origin of Gothic architecture is found in the choir of the Abbey Church of St. Denis and the Chartres Cathedral serves as a model of High Gothic style.

  • Art of the Western World - The Classical Ideal (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    The Classical Ideal

    Traces the origins of humanism and the immortal classical style to Ancient Greece. The genius of Roman engineering and architecture was used to build an empire, while portrait sculpture exalted its rulers.

  • Art of the Western World - The High Renaissance (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    The High Renaissance

    Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael displayed extraordinary talent working in a variety of media and elevated the status of the artist in Italian society.

  • Art of the Western World - Romanesque & Gothic Art (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    Romanesque & Gothic Art

  • Art of the Western World - In Our Own Time (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    In Our Own Time

  • Art of the Western World - Impressionism and Post Impressionism (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Impressionism and Post Impressionism

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