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

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

  • 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

    Secessionism, fauvism and early cubism; architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier; surrealists Dali, Magritte and Miro.

  • 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

    The work of realist painter Courbet; impressionists Manet, Renoir, Degas and Monet; postimpressionists Seurat, Gauguin, van Gogh and Cezanne.

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

    An Age of Reason, an Age of Passion

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

  • 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

    Syon House and the Palais Royal illustrate the link between order and beauty; paintings by Gericault, Delacroix and Goya.

  • 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

    The Baroque style evident in the paintings of Cortona and Caravaggio; the impact of Bernini's sculpture on Rome; the vast canvases of Rubens and Velazquez.

  • 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

    The beginning of the Renaissance, focusing on Florentine, Flemish and German artists, including Botticelli and Donatello.

  • 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

    Visits to Durham and Chartres cathedrals highlight this look at the evolution of 11th- and 12th-century sacred architecture.

  • 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

    Host Michael Wood explores the influences that have shaped Western art. This episode: the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.

  • 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 - Churches: Romanesque and Gothic (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    Churches: Romanesque and Gothic

  • 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 (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Impressionism and Post

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