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Art of the Western World

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Historian Michael Wood leads a nine-part tour through 2,500 years of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, filmed at over 150 locations in eight countries and featuring commentary by historians and scholars.
DVD
2011; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)
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This Is Civilization

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Artist and broadcaster Matthew Collings travels from London to Beijing in a sweeping exploration of the common threads of inspiration and influence that link diverse art movements over centuries and continents. The four-part series is a contemporary update of the BBC's landmark 1969 series Civilization, with an expanded focus on non-Western art.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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More Human Than Human

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Why do we prefer images of bodies which don't look like us? This programme looks back through history and the changes to the representation of the human body and what these representations can reveal about the culture of that time.
DVD
2011; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Private Life of a Masterpiece: The Complete Seasons 1-5

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This award-winning series reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art, not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world. The works of art featured here are both instantly familiar and profoundly mysterious. Revolutionary in their conception, and iconic years after their execution, they each have their own compelling stories. For behind the beautiful canvases and sculptures are tales of political revolution, wartime escapes, massive ego clashes, social scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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How Art Made the World

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Reveals how the first big artistic discoveries were made and how they have cascaded down the centuries to define the look of the present day. Encompassing everything from cave paints to ceramics and pyramids to palaces, this film explores the global trend for unrealistic depictions of the human body; the secret powers of the feature film; how politicians manage to manipulate people so easily; visions of the afterlife; and why we use imagery at all.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Simon Schama's Power of Art

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Focusing on eight iconic works of art, this series reveals the history of visual imagination through the ages. A combination of reconstruction, photography and storytelling transport the viewer back to the intense moments when great works were conceived and born: the murderous, messianic world of Baroque Rome; opulent, parvenu Amsterdam; paranoid, revolutionary Paris; Victorian England suffocating beneath riches and righteousness; the madhouses and brothels of Provence; the carnage of civil war Spain; 1950s New York, caught between Cold War jitters and Manhattan glitter. In each place, a great artist is backed into a corner, facing a crisis, given a chance to confound his rivals, enemies and critics one more time.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark

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Art historian Sir Kenneth Clark presents an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considers to be the crucial phases of its development. This lavish series was hailed as a masterpiece when it was broadcast in 1969.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Civilisation

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Discusses the history of Western culture from the end of the Graeco-Roman world to the present day. Covers the great works of sculpture, painting, architecture, philosophy, poetry, literature and music from each century covered.
VHS
1993; 1969
Ivy (By Request)
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Information Withheld ; Shifters

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Program 1 dramatizes the nature of signs and symbols in an ascending order of complexity, from traffic signals and hieroglyphs to Michelangelo's painting of The Madonna and child with St. Joseph. Program 2 dismantles the narrative mode and distinguishes six recurring themes, including Egypt, Napoleon, the scholars, the abuse of a cat and a melodrama. The subtext of this videotape concerns the oppositions of imperial power and the working class suggested through architecture emblematic of them.
VHS
1993; 1983
Ivy (By Request)
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Civilisation

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Discusses the history of Western culture from the end of the Graeco-Roman world to the present day. Covers the great works of sculpture, painting, architecture, philosophy, poetry, literature and music from each century covered.
VHS
1999; 1969
Ivy (By Request)
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Information Withheld: A Videotape

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Cutting from the Sphinx to Manhattan to northern Chile to Leo Steinberg reading, this tape dramatizes the nature of signs and symbols in an ascending order of complexity, from traffic signals and hieroglyphs to Michelangelo's painting of The Madonna and child with St. Joseph.
VHS
1990; 1983
Ivy (By Request)
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The Rise of Greek Civilization [electronic resource]

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Democracy and philosophy arose from a collection of Greek cities at the edge of the civilized world. Weber discusses the Iliad, the Odyssey and the "polis", all central to Greek life, social organization, and thought. The Parthenon and the sculptures of Praxieteles are mentioned.
Online
1989
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Symbolic History : Through Sight and Sound Part Twenty-Nine Faust: Creative War of Spirit

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A slide show presented as a video on civilization through art, sculpture and poetry reading. Presents the legend of Faust in art.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
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Symbolic History : Through Sight and Sound: Part Seventeen Michelangelo; Storm Center

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A slide show presented as a video of the art and sculpture of Michelangelo.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
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Symbolic History : Through Sight and Sound: A German Selection : Die Erscheinung Deutschen Charakters in Der Kunst

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A slide show presented as a video on art. A presentation of the German character in art.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
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Islamic Art

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Discusses the architecture and sculpture of mosques and Koranic schools, the illumination and calligraphy of sacred texts, music, and the influence of arabesque on Western art.
VHS
1983
Ivy (By Request)
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Ruskin's Journey [electronic resource]: Teaching People to See

Author of Modern Painters, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, and The Stones of Venice, John Ruskin was a leading art critic and architectural authority whose brilliant prose shaped a generation of writers and whose insights and aesthetics helped establish the careers of Whistler and Turner. In this program, scholar Michael Wheeler traces Ruskin's spiritual and intellectual journey both around Europe and through life, visiting the Gothic cathedral at Rouen and other sites that inspired and shaped the thinking of the great writer. Manuscripts, artwork, and personal memorabilia drawn from the Brantwood and Ruskin Library collections add depth to this sensitive portrait.
Online
2006; 2000
18.

Latin American Women Artists [electronic resource]: 1915-1995

Surveying some of the most under-appreciated art of the 20th century, this program documents a groundbreaking exhibit of work by Latin American women at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The video opens up the world of these bold and sensitive visionaries, illuminating their accomplishments, their impact on artists outside their own countries, and the relationship between cultural and artistic identity. Featuring the work of legendary painters Frida Kahlo and Maria Izquierdo-as well as living artists Fanny Sanin, Soledad Salame, Elba Damast, and many others-the program reevaluates notions of mainstream and margin in the contemporary art world.
Online
2005; 2003
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The Statue of Liberty [electronic resource]: A Film by Ken Burns

This episode of American Stories by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns presents the history of one of our greatest icons. For over a century, she has stood on Liberty Island, a gift from France created by sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi. Torch eternally aloft, Lady Liberty has been the symbol of hope for generations of immigrants. Interviews with ordinary Americans reveal the statue's great significance. Nominated for an Oscar and an Emmy, this documentary explores both the history of the Statue of Liberty and the meaning of Liberty itself.
Online
1985
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Hieronymus Bosch [electronic resource]

Almost precisely the contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci, that emblem of the Renaissance, Hieronymus Bosch epitomizes the Middle Ages with its bitter vision of the endless ways in which man sins. This program covers the array of Bosch's work collected by Philip II and housed in the Prado, showing the depth and detail of Bosch's pictorialization of man's ways on Earth, painted in extraordinary and imaginative detail-the more extraordinary because Bosch, arguably the greatest medieval painter, worked in the middle of the Renaissance.
Online
2012