Art of The Western World

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  • 1989
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (83)

"Art of the Western World" (1989) was a documentary series narrated by Michael Wood. It traced the history of Western art, beginning with the art of ancient Greece and ending with the art of the 70's and 80's. The series also portrayed Renaissance art, Baroque art, and Surrealist art. Artists who were profiled include Da Vinci and Warhol.

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In Our Own Time
9. In Our Own Time
January 1, 1989
The center of the art world moved to New York, home to abstract expressionism. Artists reacted to postwar society with a bewildering array of styles, and postmodernism mined the past for ideas. Featured: Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol.
Into the 20th Century
8. Into the 20th Century
January 1, 1989
Rapid advances in science, thought, and technology led to the secessionists, fauves, and cubists. Dada rejected everything, and architecture went international. Featured: Klimt, Matisse, Picasso, Mondrian, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye.
A Fresh View: Impressionism and Postimpressionism
7. A Fresh View: Impressionism and Postimpressionism
January 1, 1989
Once scorned and despised, impressionist paintings today are among the most familiar images in art. Postimpressionists broke new ground with their radical use of color. Featured: Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Deurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
An Age of Reason, an Age of Passion
6. An Age of Reason, an Age of Passion
January 1, 1989
As society revolted against decadence and corruption, artists turned again to classical Greece. The romantic painters in turn elevated individual expression. Featured: Watteau, Syon House, David's The Death of Marat, Ingres, Delacroix, Goya's The Third of May, 1808.
Realms of Light: The Baroque
5. Realms of Light: The Baroque
January 1, 1989
The Counter-Reformation inspired an artistic revival and an exuberant new style. In royal courts, artists expressed the power of the monarch. Featured: Caravaggio, Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Teresa, Belvedere Palace, Rubens, Velazquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt.
The High Renaissance
4. The High Renaissance
January 1, 1989
Papal patronage made Rome a vibrant center of art once more. In Venice, the great artists were preoccupied with theatre, nature, and classical style. Featured: Da Vinci's Last Supper, Michelangelo's David, Titian, Tintoretto, Palladio's villas.
The Early Renaissance
3. The Early Renaissance
January 1, 1989
In Florence, classical themes were reborn and merged with Christian values. In the north, the Flemish masters worked in a new medium: oils. Featured: Donatello, Fra Angelico, Brunelleschi's dome, Claus Sluter, the Isenheim altarpiece, Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Durer.
A White Garment of Churches: Romanesque and Gothic Art
2. A White Garment of Churches: Romanesque and Gothic Art
April 8, 1989
Romanesque art and architecture were shaped by two powerful forces: pilgrimage and the monastic movement. The Gothic era cathedrals were filled with divine light. This episode features: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Vezelay, sculpture of Gislebertus.
The Classical Ideal
1. The Classical Ideal
April 8, 1989
The Greeks created the classical ideal against which all subsequent art would be measured. The Roman's genius lay in architecture and civil engineering. This episode features: the Parthenon, the Altar of Zeus at Pergamon, the Pantheon, the sarcophagus of Juius Bassus.
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"Art of the Western World" (1989) was a documentary series narrated by Michael Wood. It traced the history of Western art, beginning with the art of ancient Greece and ending with the art of the 70's and 80's. The series also portrayed Renaissance art, Baroque art, and Surrealist art. Artists who were profiled include Da Vinci and Warhol.

Art of The Western World is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on April 8, 1989.

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Art of The Western World is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Art of The Western World on demand at Amazon.

  • Premiere Date
    April 8, 1989
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (83)