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The Dead and the Dying [electronic resource]

France télévisions distribution
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Expressing a dead body, wrote Leon Baptista Alberti, in 1435, "is one of the most difficult things in the world." This program examines the portrayal of death in art, from ancient times to the post-World War II era. Sarcophagi, paintings, sculptures, funerary statuary, news photos, cinema, mixed media, and a living pieta reveal the intricacies and nuances of rendering incidents of natural, accidental, and violent death, including Jesus' crucifixion. The impacts of Christianity on modern figurative painting and of historical watersheds such as the First World War and the Holocaust on old notions of death are explored as well.
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26 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 16, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Every Picture Tells a Story: Artistic Themes Through the Ages
Every picture tells a story
  • Artistic Portrayal of Dead Bodies (5:01)
  • Pictorial Representations of Pietas (6:19)
  • Pictorial Representations of Pathos (5:19)
  • Portrayal of the Dead in Battles and Massacres (3:11)
  • Horrors of Carnage in Art (4:15)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2000.
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  • 30681s Films Media Group
  • 30682 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (26 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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