Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity.
Explore how we look at the human body in art.
Consider how religion has inspired art and art has inspired divine representation.
See how art became the great interface when distant cultures met for the first time.
Travel east and west— to Renaissance Italy and the contemporaneous Islamic empires.
Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature.
Explore light and color in art in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy.
Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology.
Explore art in the age of revolution, war and profound scientific change.
Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Civilizations reveals the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures. Liev Schreiber narrates.
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