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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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    The Lion Man

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

    The Lion Man

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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 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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    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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    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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    Landscape as Ideology

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

    Landscape as Ideology

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    Heavenly Paradises on Earth

    In Islamic architecture, landscapes reflect a mastery over the natural world.

    Heavenly Paradises on Earth