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Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in forging of humanity.
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The Protector of Civilization
A Syrian museum curator sacrificed his life trying to save artifacts in Palmrya.
Clip: Ep1 | 2m 45s
The Cognitive Revolution
The cognitive revolution stirred early humanity from its creative slumber.
Clip: Ep1 | 1m 49s
An Early Step on the Road to Civilization
Cave paintings in Castillo Spain represent some of the first paintings made by humans.
Clip: Ep1 | 1m 11s
The Lady of Brassempouy
This 25,000 year-old sculpture found in France represents the dawn of the idea of beauty.
Clip: Ep1 | 1m 38s
Recording Social Norms
Athenian vase painters recorded and then re-enforced ideas of what wives were meant to do.
Clip: Ep2 | 38s
Episode 2 Preview | How Do We Look?
Explore how we look at the human body in art.
Preview: Ep2 | 30s
The Most Enduring Art Form
Our compulsion to create images of ourselves is a defining artistic motif of humanity.
Clip: Ep2 | 1m 39s
Episode 3 Preview | God and Art
Consider how religion has inspired art and art has inspired divine representation.
Preview: Ep3 | 30s
The Day of the Dead
The Conquistadors attempted to eradicate all traces of indigenous Mexican culture.
Clip: Ep3 | 1m 42s
New Forms of Spirituality
Art has found new ways to engage with our spiritual impulses.
Clip: Ep3 | 4m 5s
The Lion Man
One of the oldest objects of an imaginary being ever discovered.
Clip: Ep3 | 1m 40s
The Sacred Mountain
A spectacular place where the symbolism of the sacred mountain is embodied in art.
Clip: Ep3 | 2m 58s
Maria Sibylla's Encounter with the Natural World
Maria Sibylla's illustrations brought to light the true life cycle of insects.
Clip: Ep4 | 2m
Episode 4 Preview | Encounters
See how art became the great interface when distant cultures met for the first time.
Preview: Ep4 | 30s
Paving the Way for Maruyama Okyo's Masterpiece
"Cracked Ice" combines everything Okyo knew from both Eastern and Western traditions.
Clip: Ep4 | 2m 42s
Montezuma and Cortes
The riches intended to buy off the Spanish only intensified their lust for gold.
Clip: Ep4 | 4m 8s
Building the Suleymaniye Mosque
Mimar Sinar always felt destined for something greater than building bridges.
Clip: Ep5 | 2m 26s
The Madonna Di Loreto
In Rome, Caravaggio breaks the social and aesthetic rules of his generation.
Clip: Ep5 | 1m 55s
Episode 5 Preview | Renaissances
Travel east and west— to Renaissance Italy and the contemporaneous Islamic empires.
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The Distinction Between Craft and Genius
The Renaissance creates a contrast between ars and invenio.
Clip: Ep5 | 2m 3s
Artemisia's Most Subversive Work
Artemisia rebels against any notion that women shouldn't speak until spoken to.
Clip: Ep5 | 2m 8s
Landscape as Ideology
In Li Cheng's landscape art escapes the natural world.
Clip: Ep6 | 34s
Episode 6 Preview | Paradise on Earth
Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature.
Preview: Ep6 | 30s