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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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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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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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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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Greek Vases in the British Museum [electronic resource]

The vases of ancient Greece-from the first handmade pottery to the characteristic black- and red-figure vases of Athens-provide important clues to Greek art and life. Drawing on the British Museum's world-famous collection, this program documents the history of Greek vases from 6000 BC to the 4th century BC and the techniques employed to create them; investigates the design and function of various vase shapes; and examines how myths, legends, and the themes of life, war, work, play, birth, and death were illustrated.
Online
1999
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Kirby Ferguson - Embrace the Remix

Nothing is original, says filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, creator of the four-part video series Everything Is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says in this provocative TEDTalk, our most celebrated creators borrow, steal, and transform.
Online
2012
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The Age of Iron [electronic resource]

Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles looks at the winners, losers and survivors of the great Bronze Age collapse, a regional catastrophe that wiped out the hard-won achievements of civilization in the eastern Mediterranean.
Online
2010
16.

Titian [electronic resource]

Giorgione or Titian? The identity of the artist who painted one of the world's most famous paintings, Le Concert champetre, remains uncertain to this day. What does this pastoral scene represent? Why do two nude women appear next to two clothed men? What music are they playing? This program attempts to answer these and other questions by delving into 16th-century Venetian culture, and by examining its more recent counterparts, such as Manet's Partie de campagne.
Online
1993
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Art and Nuclear Astrophysics [electronic resource]

Accelerators can probe artwork's origins.
Online
2012
18.

Libraries Gave Us Power [electronic resource]

Dr. Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings, and explores the medieval world they reveal. In this episode, the story of the British Library's Royal Manuscripts collection reaches its end with the last great flowering of illumination, in the magnificent courts of the Tudors. Ramirez investigates astrological texts created for Henry VII and unwraps his will-still in its original, velvet and gold cover. She hears music written for Henry VIII (which went unperformed for centuries) and reads love notes between the king and Anne Boleyn written in the margins of a prayer book. Ramirez also visits Bruges, the source of many of the greatest manuscripts depicting the collision between medieval art and Renaissance innovations.
Online
2012
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What a King Should Know [electronic resource]

Dr. Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of medieval illuminated manuscripts and shows how they gave power to the king and united the kingdom in an age of plague, warfare, and rebellion. She discovers that Edward III used the manuscripts he read as a boy to prepare for his great victory at the battle of Crecy and reveals how a vigorous new national identity bloomed during the 100 Years War with France. In the British Library's Royal Manuscripts collection Dr. Ramirez finds that magnificent manuscripts like the "Bedford Hours," taken as war booty from the French royal family, were adapted for the education of English princes. She also explores how knowledge spread through a new form of book-the encyclopedia.
Online
2012
20.

Peter Paul Rubens [electronic resource]

At age 53, Rubens married the young Helene Fourment, who had already served as the model for several of his works. In the two paintings at the Louvre, she appears in superb apparel, which suggestively hides the splendor of her voluptuous figure. This program examines two portraits of Helene Fourment, and projects from the two paintings what the others, the nudes which she destroyed, might have looked like.
Online
1995