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Civilizations

Official Trailer

Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in forging of humanity.

Official Trailer

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The Protector of Civilization

A Syrian museum curator sacrificed his life trying to save artifacts in Palmrya.

The Protector of Civilization

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The Cognitive Revolution

The cognitive revolution stirred early humanity from its creative slumber.

The Cognitive Revolution

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An Early Step on the Road to Civilization

Cave paintings in Castillo Spain represent some of the first paintings made by humans.

An Early Step on the Road to Civilization

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The Lady of Brassempouy

This 25,000 year-old sculpture found in France represents the dawn of the idea of beauty.

The Lady of Brassempouy

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Recording Social Norms

Athenian vase painters recorded and then re-enforced ideas of what wives were meant to do.

Recording Social Norms

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The Most Enduring Art Form

Our compulsion to create images of ourselves is a defining artistic motif of humanity.

The Most Enduring Art Form

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Episode 3 Preview | God and Art

Consider how religion has inspired art and art has inspired divine representation.

Episode 3 Preview | God and Art

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The Day of the Dead

The Conquistadors attempted to eradicate all traces of indigenous Mexican culture.

The Day of the Dead

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New Forms of Spirituality

Art has found new ways to engage with our spiritual impulses.

New Forms of Spirituality

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The Lion Man

One of the oldest objects of an imaginary being ever discovered.

The Lion Man

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The Sacred Mountain

A spectacular place where the symbolism of the sacred mountain is embodied in art.

The Sacred Mountain

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Maria Sibylla's Encounter with the Natural World

Maria Sibylla's illustrations brought to light the true life cycle of insects.

Maria Sibylla's Encounter with the Natural World

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Episode 4 Preview | Encounters

See how art became the great interface when distant cultures met for the first time.

Episode 4 Preview | Encounters

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Paving the Way for Maruyama Okyo's Masterpiece

"Cracked Ice" combines everything Okyo knew from both Eastern and Western traditions.

Paving the Way for Maruyama Okyo's Masterpiece

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Montezuma and Cortes

The riches intended to buy off the Spanish only intensified their lust for gold.

Montezuma and Cortes

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Building the Suleymaniye Mosque

Mimar Sinar always felt destined for something greater than building bridges.

Building the Suleymaniye Mosque

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The Madonna Di Loreto

In Rome, Caravaggio breaks the social and aesthetic rules of his generation.

The Madonna Di Loreto

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Episode 5 Preview | Renaissances

Travel east and west— to Renaissance Italy and the contemporaneous Islamic empires.

Episode 5 Preview | Renaissances

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The Distinction Between Craft and Genius

The Renaissance creates a contrast between ars and invenio.

The Distinction Between Craft and Genius

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Artemisia's Most Subversive Work

Artemisia rebels against any notion that women shouldn't speak until spoken to.

Artemisia's Most Subversive Work

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Landscape as Ideology

In Li Cheng's landscape art escapes the natural world.

Landscape as Ideology

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Episode 6 Preview | Paradise on Earth

Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature.

Episode 6 Preview | Paradise on Earth